By Ajibola Abayomi,
June 1, 2018.
Founder of National Association of Government Approved Fret Forwarders (NAGAFF) of Nigeria, Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam has expressed concern over the continued over labouring of the Apapa transit bridges by trailers operators.
The fret forwarder warned that the continued occupation of the link bridges by the trailers posed a great threat to its wellbeing which he feared may crave in soon if the situation was not addressed.
Speaking with TheLead Online during an exclusive interview at his office in Apapa on Thursday, he regretted that government failed to heed the pleas from NAGAFF over 15 years ago to build a parking terminal for the trailers.
Although, he acknowledged efforts by the government to ensure ease of doing business at the ports, however, he noted that a lot still needed to be done as human element was one of the factor stalling progress of the port reforms over the years.
“The danger posed by articulated vehicles into the Apapa port is a serious one. Check around now, you will see trailer drivers parking indiscriminately on the bridge by blocking every route. The Apapa bridge is now their parking lot.
“15 years ago, we had written a position paper to the government urging them to build a trailer terminal that would serve the port but nobody took us serious.
“The bridges are under threat now. The integrity test of the bridges is under suspected because they were built with specification moving vehicles not static ones with heavy loads.
“If you move around the bridge, you will see the level of aggression. That means the bridge can collapse anyway. Because it was built with a specification other than what is being used for now it now.
“To discuss fully the effect of ease of doing business at the port is a total different ball game because the laws are not being obeyed” Aniebonam noted.