PIX: Executive Secretary , Nigerian Shipper’s Council, Barrister Hassan Bello (right) and President AMATO, chief Remi Ogungbemi during a working visit to council yesterday
Worried by the increasing cases of laden containers falling off trucks, the Nigerian Shippers’ Council is initiating a collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) to assist truck operators in modernising their fleets through credits at a concessionary single digit rate.
Executive Secretary of the council, Hassan Bello, stated this on Monday when members of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) paid a working visit to the agency in Lagos. He said that with the reconstruction of the port access roads, there should be a corresponding withdrawal of old and rickety trucks used in the lifting of containers and other goods from the ports.
Bello said that re-fleeting of trucks would further authenticate genuine operators in the maritime industry, noting that the era of one man truck business was gone.
Stressing the need for truck owners to establish transport companies that would further enhance their operations, Bello disclosed that the council and NAC would meet with the transporters on the best way to go about the re-fleeting process.
He assured the truck owners group that the council would partner with the association to ensure that the reforms on the transport system were achieved.
“The most important thing is that we must be ready for this reform and we need to re-fleet the vehicles doing business in our ports at a very cheap rate.
“But one thing again is that after re-fleeting the vehicles and the roads are bad that means we have not done anything”
“It would be wise for the roads to be fixed before the re-fleeting process,” Bello said.
Speaking earlier, president of AMATO, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, said his association is made up core logistics operators. He said they have found a new site within the Mile Two axis suitable for conversion into a holding bay for trucks.
Though, the AMATO president declined to disclosed the particular location but added that the site
According to him, when fully developed, the holding bay can hold over 1,500 trucks serving the two seaports in Lagos while the owners of the land are willing to sell the land.
He commended the council’s timely intervention during the withdrawal of service by agents and truckers, noting that the council has been proactive on issues affecting port users.