The cost of moving containers from Apapa port to warehouses and other locations in Lagos has reduced by more than 60 percent from N1million to N400,000, Trucks Transit Park Nigeria Limited (TTP), the firm managing the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) electronic call- up system, has said.
According to statistics by TTP, to move a 20foot container from Apapa to locations in Lagos, which used to cost between N750, 000 to N800, 000 now costs between N200,000 to N300,000.
Similarly, the cost of moving a 40foot container from Apapa to locations in Lagos now cost between N400,000 to N750,000 as against N1.5million to N1.6million importers pay before the deployment of the e- call- up system.
Also, moving containers from the Apapa port to warehouses within Apapa which used to cost between N200, 000 to N300, 000 has reduced to N100, 000 to N150, 000.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos on Thursday, Chief Operating Officer of TTP, Temidayo Adeboye, said the introduction of the e- call up system has helped in controlling truck traffic into Apapa port.
According to him, turnaround time of trucks including reefer, flatbed, empty and export has improved from two weeks to an average of 60 to 90 hours.
Adeboye said the company has deployed technology, which has helped improve the efficiency of the electronic call up system as cases of extortion by security and traffic control officials and human interface on the Apapa port access road has been eliminated to a large extent.
“There is no more extortion on the Apapa access corridor except if it is coming from a willing giver who wants to beat the system. But right now, it is hard to beat the system so there is no point paying anyone money. In the past it was possible but right now, we can use technology to stop them. Nobody will extort money from you if you have your ticket. The technology is working perfectly on the Apapa corridor.
“The Eto App has never been hacked since we began implementation nine months ago. We have very good security features on it. The only thing that has happened is people taking our ticket in the past to business centers to go and edit. But we have found a way around it such that even those edited tickets cannot gain access into the port. We have used technology to remove human interface and the more we perfect this, the more the system will work better,” he said.
Adeboye, however, noted that due to the bad state of the Tin can Island/Mile 2 road and ongoing construction as well as the concentration of oil and gas tank farms that are not onboard Eto platform, efforts to restore sanity on the corridor has not yielded the desired results.
This, according to him, is responsible for the problem of extortion along the axis.
He assured that efforts are ongoing towards bringing the major and independent oil marketers onboard the Eto platform to address the gridlock along the Tin Can/Mile 2 axis.
“It is because of the amount of road construction going on along the Tin Can/ Mile 2 axis that gives the avenue for people to extort money. Tin Can has a bit of oil and gas traffic who are not on our platform, so we have to manually generate codes for them to enter. But you know anything that has a human interface is subject to being manipulated. So, the earlier we are able to get the oil and gas onboard, the better for us,” he said.