However, according to statistics obtained by newsmen on Thursday from TTP, moving 20-foot containers from Apapa to locations in Lagos, which used to cost between N750, 000 to N800, 000 now costs between N200,000 to N300,000 representing a 62.5 percent decrease in cost.
The company further said that moving a 40-foot container from Apapa to locations in Lagos, which used to cost between N1,500,000 to N1,600,000 now costs between N400,000 to N750,000 representing about 53.125 percent drop in cost.
While moving containers from the Apapa port to warehouses within Apapa that formerly cost between N200, 000 to N300, 000 has also dropped by 50 percent to N100, 000 to N150, 000.
TTP, which is the private technological firm partnering with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), to deploy the electronic call-up system used in managing truck movement in and out of ports in Lagos, said that the electronic call-up system has been working perfectly in Apapa Port, and has further improved the turnaround time of trucks from two weeks down to an average of 60 to 90 hours depending on the type of cargo carried by truck.
The Chief Operating Officer of TTP, Temidayo Adeboye, said the company has been able to improve the efficiency of the electronic call-up such that human interface has been eliminated to a large extent and trucks that fail to follow the right procedure no longer have access to Apapa Port.
“Today, trucks must enter the transit parks to be able to access the port and we are using timing belt to batch and schedule different categories of trucks. This is partly the reason why trucks that pay their way to the port do not have access because the access barriers would not open for them,” he said.
Continuing, he explained, “We will continue to improve on the technology by removing human interface so that the call-up will work better. Eight months into our operations, Eto has never been hacked as was wrongly perceived by many in the past, however, people used to enter into the port with edited tickets. Today, we have deployed technology that such tickets cannot able to bit.”
Adeboye, however, blamed ongoing construction and heavy concentration of oil and gas tank farms that are not onboard the Eto platform for the high volume of traffic witnessed on a daily basis by motorists on the Mile 2- Tin-Can Island Port axis.
He disclosed that Trucks Transit Parks is perfecting plans to bring major and independent oil marketers onboard Eto App to further drive down the gridlock in Apapa.
Also speaking, Head of Corporate Development, Bolaji Akerele alluded to the fact that the efficiency of Eto App has reduced the cost at which trucks enter into the port down to between N15, 000 to N25, 000 from between N100, 000 to N150, 000.
He added resistance to change is one of the reasons some truckers are finding it difficult to abide by the rule and procedure of moving into the port under the Eto platform.
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The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo expressed gratitude to the IMO Secretary-General for making out time to visit Nigeria and also having a first-hand opinion on the developmental strides in Nigeria’s maritime sector.
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu commended the Dr. Bashir Jamoh-led Management of NIMASA.
The NIMASA Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh again thanked the IMO Secretary-General for his visit to Nigeria
Jamoh further intimated him that NIMASA has embarked on various projects in the year, 2022, all with the aim of ensuring a robust and conducive maritime environment is attained in Nigeria.
In July 2021, the Federal Executive Council approved N17.4 billion to purchase the new highrise building that is located on Victoria Island.
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