Clearing agents to shut down Lagos ports over restriction of trucks
In their bid to tie the hands of the state government from implementing the proposed restriction on articulated vehicles plying the Lagos roads during the day, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) on Thursday threatened to shut down the Lagos ports over the restriction order.
This threat was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos by the National Publicity Secretary of the association, Mr Kayode Farinto.
The statement indicates that the association might have no option than to collaborate with trailers drivers, ask its members to withdraw their services and shut down the ports.
It said, “ This is pending when the Lagos State Government will change the its policy on this or provide an alternative measure..''
The statement said ANLCA frowned at the restriction order placed on movement of trucks within the Lagos metropolis between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The association described the restriction as counter-productive, adding that it had been impacting negatively on the economy.
“Within these few days, the man-hour loss by Shippers and Customs brokers cannot be replaced.
“We are of the opinion that the Lagos State Government would have been magnanimous enough to assist in providing a temporary holding bay for trucks transporting goods from ports to different destinations.
“Nigerian ports being the gateway of the nation's economy must be guarded jealously.
“The negligence of some reckless drivers must also be taken into consideration too, '' it said.
The association was of the opinion that the decision be given a second thought.
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