The E-Call up is an electronic system of inviting trucks into the ports to nip in the bud the menace of traffic on the port access roads.
The system eventually took off about one month ago.
The truck operators ,who said they were not aversed to the innovation, said that the problems attached to its implementation process should be expunged for ease of operation for the truck operators.
The group of truck owners whie addressing members at Tincan Second gate, alleged that the process was fraught with fraud, extortion by owners of the holding bays assigned to drop empty containers.
Keshinro who doubles as the a chieftain of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigerian (RTEAN), stated that trucks were forced to make U-turn at Sunrise , a few kilometres away from the port despite evidence of call-up with the drivers.
According to him, the most painful thing is that only 48 hours is given for expiration of the call up ticket, saying that efforts to enter the port could take more than four days and the trucker would be made to pay extra charge even when inability to access the port is not the fault of the truck driver.
He therefore called on the Federal Government to review the system or the operators would be forced to withdraw their services in the port.
His words, “What we are asking the government to do for us is that NPA should go out with transporters to check if truly the designated holding bays are functioning or not.
Speaking further, he said most of the shipping lines have no functional holding bays.
The Coordinator lamented that operators of designated holding bays however, charge the truckers as high as N180,000 after 48hours.
Okonkwo stressed that the additional N16,000 were deducted as demurrage charges after 48hrs, alleging that the e-call up system is a fraud.
He also reaffirmed that most of the shipping companies lack holding bays and it has affected the operations of truckers , thus cause undue delay on the movement of trucks out of the port.
“You can stay in your park and generate your call up with your Terminal Delivery Order (TDO) but that is not what is obtainable, so therefore the call up system is not free and that is why we say it is fraudulent. The last transaction I made is N18,000.
”The call up system is supposed to be by a trip and not on 48hrs basis as instructed by the NPA”,he noted.
Comrade Francis Okechukwu, one of the protesters and leader of the group lauded the introduction of the E-call up system but lamented that truckers were faced with multiple extortions by the government agencies deployed to the corridor.
He called on NPA to make each call up ticket to last for a trip instead of just 48 hours which he said was not enough sometimes to gain entrance into the port.
“We want the government to make the e-call up system by a trip and not 48hours on basis. The 48hours expiration of the call up system makes not meaning because the roads are not in good condition while returning empty containers back to the port.
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