The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has threatened to shut down Lagos ports over restriction order on movement of trucks within the metroplolis
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr Kayode Farinto, ANLCA said the association might have no option than to collaborate with trailers drivers to ask its members to withdraw their services and shut down the ports.
He said ANLCA frowned at the restriction order placed on movement of trucks within the Lagos metropolis between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.ANLCA described the restriction as counter-productive, adding that it had been impacting negatively on the economy.Farinto said: “Within these few days, the man-hour loss by Shippers and Customs brokers cannot be replaced.“We are of the opinion that the Lagos State Government would have been magnanimous enough to assist in providing a temporary holding bay for trucks transporting goods from ports to different destinations.“Nigerian ports being the gateway of the nation’s economy must be guarded jealously.The negligence of some reckless drivers must also be taken into consideration too”. Speaking against the backdrop of a fatal container truck accident which claimed three lives at Ojuelegba recently, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Oluseyi Whenu, said the trailer involved in the accident contravened Section 2 (i) (ii) of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law. Whenu said, “The state government will henceforth go tough on any trailer and long vehicle that contravened the law, as such vehicle will be impounded and made to pay the stipulated fine accordingly.”The section of the state traffic law states that “any driver found contravening the provisions of this section shall have his vehicle impounded by a duly authorized officer of the authority and shall upon conviction be liable to a fine of N50,000 or a term of imprisonment for six months or both.”
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