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NPA using e-call-up system for extortion — Truck owners

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The president of the Council of Maritime Transport Union Associations (COMTUA), Mr. Yinka Aroyewun, has accused the Nigerian Ports Authority of abusing the electronic call-up system in Lagos seaports for the purpose of extorting truck drivers.

The association has therefore called for a review of the system.

The COMTUA president claimed that “the call-up system is a medium for extortion as a result of compromise between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the current dispenser of the service, which is the Truck Transit Parks (TTP).

“They are more interested in the revenue generation than solving the problems we are facing, no implementation of policy. They will just sit down in their office, charge and book vehicles whereas they are not concerned about the destination of these vehicles.”

Mr Aroyewun made this statement at a joint meeting of the association’s board of trustees and the executive members in Lagos on Sunday.

He said: “Stakeholders were not involved in the policy formulation while the dispenser of the system did not have detailed knowledge of the port environment.

“If a vehicle is booked to return empty containers to the port, they get to the terminal and are told there is no space to receive these containers, the container remains on our trucks for days, and they are still charging demurrage.”

The association reiterated that the e-call-up system had failed to solve the problems “rather it is a major means of extortion.”

In addition to having reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Mr Aroyewun disclosed that the association had engaged a lawyer to ensure an easier call-up system for truck owners and to stop their trucks from being seized.

According to him, some security agencies impound trucks for little or no offence, but only to extract extortion.

“The collection by NPA for electronic call up is illegal. It can not be substantiated. Many of our trucks are arrested indiscriminately over flimsy excuses. We will no longer take the extortion and oppression of our members lightly,” he said.

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