NARTO Accuses Security Operatives At Tin Can, Apapa Port Of Extortion

L-R: National Deputy Chairman, NARTO, Mr Kayode Odunlowo, Ogun State Chairman, NARTO, Prince Abiodun Olaleye, Lagos state Branch Chairman, Alhaji Sikiru Kaka and the Zonal Chairman Southwest, Alhaji Ganiyu Salami during the inauguration of NARTO Alabi Unit in Lagos recently.


 The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has accused security officials at Western, Tin Can and Apapa seaports gate of extortion.In an interview with Shipping Position Daily  at the recent inauguration of the Alaba Unit of the association, the new Chairman of the Unit, Iyanda Rasheed, said that extortion has made business unprofitable for truckers,even as he pleaded for the intervention of the national body of the association to come to their rescue. “One great challenge we have at the port is when we have document to load cargoes from ports, security personnel collect as much as N10, 000 before we could be allowed into the ports for loading. We implore both the state national Executive of the association to come to our aid on stopping the extortion and I believe they will do something about it” he said.Meanwhile, the Lagos State branch Chairman of the NARTO, Alhaji Sikiru Kaka, has said apart from government, the transport sector is the highest employer of labour in Nigeria.Kaka said currently, the association is representing the interest of the Nigerian transporters in the West African Road Transport Union (WARTU) so as to integrate the Nigerian transporters into the mainstream of economic development of the sub region.He also implored members to eschew violence and ensure maximum cooperation and excellent working relationship with road traffic law enforcement agencies despite the enormous challenges confronting them in the daily running of their businesses.