Members of the task force committee of Nigeria Association Of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and have accused that officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority keep extorting those who belong to the association.
NARTO task force on Thursday embarked on a protest in Lagos against the alleged extortion. Chairman, Lagos State Task force, Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners, Comrade Prince Hassan Adekoya told journalists that all Was not going well for them and the owners of the trucks as they had become tired of paying outrageous fees Apapa and Tin Can.
“We are here to draw the attention of our father, President Buhari and also to call on the smartest Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu over the situation in Apapa.
“It is no longer going well for us and the truck owners, the ways and manners of operation around Apapa axis. We have several enforcement teams that extort our members. They hijack our trucks unlawfully. They slam us outrageous bills ranging from two hundred thousand to three hundred thousand naira. It takes us three months for our export trucks to access the port.
“We are tired of NPA and its policies. All the policies are not going too well for the industry. We need a review over the terminals, terminal owners, NPA, ETO &TTP review. We are tired.
“Mr. Governor has done his best. But the enforcement team is nothing to write home about. They are not serving the state. They are not serving the nation. By now, extortion has been legalised in Apapa daily. Extortion takes place in almost all the checking points. We are supposed to go in with ETO/TTP app for 10,000 naira. At the moment, it had been increased to 20,000 and 30,000 naira.
“These are not just mere allegations, all our affected members have proofs. Some people come over during the night and hijack our trucks. They take them over and charge us high. We need to know who is behind the t looting spree. We need to know what their duties are. We need to review all of the policies,” he said.