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NPA to impound unauthorised vehicles inside ports

13 December 2013, 11:54

Lagos - Adenike Sonaike, the General Manager of Western Ports, Apapa, on Thursday said that unauthorised vehicles parked within the ports would be impounded.

Sonaike said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

She said that the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) would henceforth invoke the laws on erring motorists against the current persuasion to transporters to desist from operating within the ports.

“We have warned commercial motorcyclists and tricycle operators to stop plying the routes. We have seized several “okadas” and handed them over to the security men.

“We have waned that trucks that are not hired, but expecting to be called, not to park along the ports roads.

“We will no longer tolerate such acts of indiscipline.

“Anybody caught henceforth will be arrested and prosecuted,’’ she said.

The general manager said the operation of commercial motorcycles, trucks and tricycles around the ports access roads negated international best practises.

“Allowing them to operate negates the standard of the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) laws,” Sonaike said.

She also said that traders, who displayed their wares along the ports roads, were major threats to ports users.

According to her, the port is a restricted area that is opened to only those who have business inside the port.

Sonaike said that violators of the laws would no longer be spared because the NPA had been issuing warnings since the concession of Nigerian ports in 2006.

-     NAN


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