The Federal Government has assured Nigerians and Motorist plying the Tin can Island Port (TCIP) , that the heavy vehicular gridlock which has been an impediment to movement of goods and services in and out of the Port will soon be a thing of the past.
The Minister of Transportation, Hon Rotimi Amaechi, made the assertion during the weekend while on an inspection in the Port along side, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation, Magdalene Ajani, MD, Nigeria Ports Authority , Hadiza Bala Usman , Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers council ,Hassan Bello.
Amaechi, who promised to come up with a better solution in addressing the problem, assured that the Ministry will evaluate the problem and come up with a better solution within a week.
Also speaking on the gridlock, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani, noted that electronic call up that is been designed, will address the gridlock and as well regulate the movement of trucks into the port.
Hopefully, with the discussion that is ongoing, Nigerian ports authority is relying on the electronic call up and the ministry of works truck park that is just by Tin Can there and the one Lagos State government park” she said.
The Managing Director of Nigeria Ports authority , Hadiza Bala Usman , said that an E-commerce system to serve as a communication system for the Port has been designed and will be ready in 2021 , saying that this system will reduce traffic on the road .
According to her, “We are planning to deploy an e commerce system in 2021 which will provide electronic communication at designated truck park, to ease truck parking on the road. So hence forth, the e commerce system will come like an app where you download it on your phone and communicate easily when your truck has arrived. You can use it to know when a truck has been assigned to you.
“This will be in partnership with the Lagos Government, the Lagos state government are providing a large truck parking in Orile where we field them information on truck accessing port, the trucks will come in either Tin can Ireland and only go when the cargo is ready.
She further explained that e commerce will also reduce human intervention; several layers of personnel across Nigerian security, Nigerian police force and all other officers tend to engage in corrupt practices extorting money from the public.
“All you have to do is on your phone which you will scan at the entrance of the gate before they enable you move in. Meanwhile, we are going to make sure that the port acesss is going to be stream lined for cargo that are coming in this xmas period so that we can push as much as possible in partnership with PPA in Lagos” the MD said.