Clearing agents operating in the nation’s seaports have called on the federal government to rehabilitate the dilapidated port access roads leading to Lagos Ports – Apapa and Tin Can Island.
The call is coming weeks after the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) threatened to embark on strike over the dilapidated state of the roads leading to the Lagos Ports Complex – Apapa and Tin Can Island.
Speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP Friday, the national president of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Prince Olayiwola Shittu, pledged support to truck owners over the bad state of the roads.
He said, “It is high time everyone in the maritime industry, terminal operators, shipping companies, Freight Forwarders Licensed Customs Agents, importers, shippers, vulcanisers declared one day off from work to let the government know that our lives are in danger working at the port.”
Shittu said that the bad state of the roads has led to avoidable deaths of Nigerians who ply the road on a regular basis.
“We know that it will be an economic loss when we declare a warning strike, but while we try to raise money for the government the neglect of the port road is criminal and people are dying. So all stakeholders should join in the strike,” he said.
On his part part, the founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr Boniface Aniebonam, advised the truck owners to engage the government before embarking on its proposed strike.
by BABALOLA YUSUF,