Business activities at the Lagos Port Complex (LPC) and the Tin-Can Island port in Lagos were again, brought to a halt yesterday May 16 2017, as clearing agents and the truck drivers continued with their strike over the deplorable state of the roads leading to the ports.
It was learnt, The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), has already lost over N3 billion at Lagos port to the two-day strike. Also, terminal operators, shipping companies and other government agencies at all the ports, would also lose billions should the strike extend beyond tomorrow.
The leadership of the striking workers refused to call their members to order, despite the assurance given to them on Monday, May 15 2017, by NPA Managing Director, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman and the Executive Secretary Nigerian Shippers’Council, Mr Hassan Bello because of the fact at their disposal during the meeting held at the boardroom.
The National President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) Prince Olayiola Shittu said the strike would not be called off until the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi visits the port.
ANALCA and importers, Shittu urged the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to come up with a master plan to address the intractable Apapa, Lagos, gridlock before they embarked on the strike.
The gridlock caused by the deplorable condition of the road, according to Shittu, has become a common feature of the area with its toll on trucks, cars and other vehicles which often break down.