The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mallam Habib Abdullahi has called on all stakeholders in the Maritime Industry especially Truck Owners using the ports to show greater support and understanding in the quest by Management to uphold the enforcement and implementation of the minimum standard for trucks entering the Ports.
The Managing Director made this call at the flag off of the enforcement of registration and implementation of minimum standards for all trucks doing business in Western Ports.
He affirmed that the exercise was necessary as a result of Management’s concern to prevent constant incidence that has led to loss of lives of innocent citizens within and outside the ports as well as meeting International standards on safety.
He warned all port users that defaulters to the implementation of this exercise would not be allowed to access the ports. Only those with stickers attached to their trucks having met the minimum safety standards and paid for their mandatory vehicle entry permit will be allowed access to the ports.
Earlier in his welcome address, the General Manager Western Ports Chief Michael Ajayi stated that the enforcement of registration and implementation of minimum standards for all trucks was aimed at achieving major objectives which include:
- The opportunity of data collection for planning purpose
- Facilitation/identification of trucks to prevent sharp practices
- Compliance with the ISPS Code.
-Serve as platform to ensure minimum standard for truck entering the port in compliance with International safety standards.
According to him, information concerning the registration number, ownership address and annual sticker’s number issued would be made available on NPA Web Portal to advise Terminal Operators and Clearing Agents on the trucks that are cleared to access the ports.
He informed the gathering that there has been tremendous encouragement from the Corporate Independent Truck Owners who have done their certification and paid the required fee with over two thousand trucks registered thus far.
Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu (FIMarEST)
General Manager, Public Affairs.