The management of the Truck Transit Park Limited has lamented deliberate destruction of infrastructure being used for the electronic call up system at Tin Can port.
Recall that the electronic truck call-up system, known as ètò was introduced by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in February 2021, to manage movement of trucks around the port corridors in Apapa.
Prior to the deployment of this system, both the NPA and Trucks Transit Parks Limited, who are the technology company and owners of the ètò solution had carried out sensitisation campaign since October 2020 on how the system works, how it will create more opportunities for haulage operators and ultimately improve Nigeria’s economy.
However, despite the sensitization, the management of TTP, has lamented that touts and some malicious actors have continued to sabotage the ètò system.
The TTP lamented that its staff on ground at the exit gates of Tin Can have been severally threatened by touts who vowed to pull down the barrier just so they could carry out their illegal activities of entry and exit into the ports without the ètò call-up.
It also lamented that the open sabotage of the call-up system is a sad development and a stark reminder of how rife corruption is in the society.
In a video sent to our correspondent by the management, a Caterpillar truck driver on Tuesday, 12th October, was seen to have deliberately rammed into the access barrier at the Abuja exit gate of Tincan Island port destroying the infrastructure.
The driver had claimed that truck’s brakes had failed. However, in the video after the accident, he was however clearly seen driving the truck steadily and in control, without indication of any faulty breaking system.
Checks by our correspondent from the video confirmed that the Caterpillar driver approached the barrier from the side of the barrier, not in front or from behind, he drove from the side, a rather awkward angle.
Interestingly, the Caterpillar truck does not proceed towards the concrete fence just beyond the barrier, a fact that would be evident if it was indeed a case of failed braking system.
The management however confirmed that the Caterpillar truck driver has been apprehended and handed over to the police.
Messrs TTP stated that, “the open sabotage of the call-up system is a sad development and a stark reminder of how rife corruption is in our society”.
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