Mohammed Bello Koko, acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has revealed that the gradual roll-out of the electronic recovery infrastructure for trucks (known as “Eto”), which began in February this year, is reducing the Apapa vehicle congestion, with the authority constantly monitoring and improving.
Bello-Koko made this revelation as a guest on a breakfast show in Lagos.
He stated that while the NPA was not ignoring the pain suffered by the residents of Apapa, what remained was to fix the gridlock caused by the failed section along the Mile 2 – Tin-Can Port road.
He assured that once the entire section of the Tin-Can Port Highway is completed, the ongoing traffic congestion in Apapa would be completely eliminated.
“After this, we will fully deploy the ‘Eto’ call-up infrastructure for trucks along the Tin-Can Port corridor.”
Quashing indications that the ‘Eto’ system had been compromised, the NPA acting boss explained that “the ‘Eto’ truck booking system was launched in February, and when I assumed office, my first move was to carry out a comprehensive review of the system and we directed the system manager to immediately address all areas of deficiencies.
“These infrastructure upgrades coupled with the support of the Lagos State Government and other stakeholders, the vehicular gridlock along the Ijora – Apapa axis had reduced by over 80 per cent and am sure residents of Apapa can attest to this,” he added.