Trucks Transit Park Nigeria Limited, an entity that manages the electronic call-up system, has warned malicious actors against destroying infrastructure meant to ease the gridlock on Apapa port access roads.
Toni Uwaifo, the firm’s spokesperson, issued the warning on Wednesday.
The electronic truck call-up system, known as ètò, was introduced in February 2021 by the Nigerian Ports Authority to manage the movement of trucks in Apapa’s port corridors.
The statement said, “Before the deployment of this system, the NPA and Trucks Transit Parks, the technology company and owners of the ètò solution, had carried out sensitisation campaigns since October 2020 on how the system works, how it will create more opportunities for truck transporters and ultimately improve Nigeria’s economy.
“Yet, touts and some malicious elements continue to try to sabotage the ètò system. In a video obtained by us, a caterpillar truck driver on Tuesday, October 12, deliberately rammed into the access barrier at the Abuja exit gate of Tincan Island port.”
It added, “The driver claimed his brakes had failed. However, in the video after the accident, he is seen driving the truck steadily and in control.
“Another interesting fact from the video is that this caterpillar truck driver approached the barrier from the side of the barrier, not in front or from behind; he drove from the side, a rather awkward angle.”
It was gathered from TTP’s staff at the exit gates that several touts had been threatening to pull down the barriers so they could enter and leave the ports without the call-up system.
The caterpillar truck driver was apprehended and handed over to Nigerian police.
The company added, “The open sabotage of the call-up system is a sad development and a stark reminder of how rife corruption is in our society.”
The statement added that the NPA and TTP would continue to sensitize the public on the benefits of using the electronic call-up system to deal with the Apapa gridlock.