The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), the lead agency for Port Standing Task Team (PSTT) is to collaborate with the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN) to clear the port corridors of extraneous materials.
The Head of NSC Public Relations, Rakiya Dhikru-Yagboyaju in a statement explained the desire of each party, to restore the ports’ corridor to its former glory.
According to the statement, Coordinator-General, Port Standing Task Team (PSTT), Mr Moses Fadipe, called for collaboration with the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigerian (MWUN), stressing that their commitment was vital, to achieving the goals of freed ports’ corridors in Apapa.
Fadipe maintained that the illegalities on the port corridors were already being tackled, as a lot of state and non-state actors are currently being profiled.
The PSTT Coordinator-General expressed concern that some persons pose as NARTO workers to extort money on the port corridors.
Highlighting his un-spared Commitment at the meeting, the President-General of the Nigerian Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, expressed the readiness of the Union to support the team to ensure the successful curbing of illegalities at the port.
In his response, the Executive Secretary, NARTO, Mr. Ogbogo Aloga, said anyone collecting money on the port corridors, as far as he is concerned, is involved in an illegal act.
Aloga appealed to the PSTT to address illegalities along Mile 2, Tin Can and Liverpool.
NARTO President, Yusuf Lawal said there was need for collaboration amongst all agencies working in the ports.
Lawal further stated that the transport sector of the maritime industry is currently going through a tough time.
Industry watcher, Tony Emeordi said he was delighted by the stakeholders’ determination, adding what the PSTT presently needed, was prayers and determination .