Road safety: FG okays establishment of dry ports

THE Federal Government has set in motion machinery for the establishment of inland container ports, at various state locations, to help prolong lifespan of highways overpressed by frequent haulage activities orchestrated by trailers, Lorries and heavy-duty trucks.

This was disclosed in Abuja by the president of National Freight Hauliers Association (NFHA), Chief Jackson Bent, when he paid a consultative visit to the chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Adamu Candido.

He said the recommendation made to the government by the association would enhance decongestion, competitiveness and effectiveness of the haulage industry.

He also said that the ports would help to save valuable man-hour and promote productivity.

Chief Bent lamented that some individuals attempted to present officers of the association from discharging their duties, describing it as unacceptable and threatening.

According to him, the association presently worked to make freight haulage and transport system more modern, efficient, safe, affordable and environmentally sensitive.

He said: “Ours is goods only and there should be no clash between NFHA, NURTW, NARTO and transport employers association.

“As operators, we wish to urge that you, as regulator, may kindly arbitrate to restore order for the good of the system and for the purpose of improved needful synergy

“Today’s very important interactive session is, therefore, to serve as a platform for impacting positively on the affairs of the AMAC to meet growing challenges. This is in keeping with our determination to foster unity, honesty and service in our endeavour to give more to our country.

“You will recall that the government desires that cargo airports be established for some states, including the FCT and the successful operation and management of such begins with a thorough understanding of our professional competence and preparedness for meaningful partnership.

“We are aware your administration has indicated desire to collaborate with freight haulers and other transport operators to introduce regular measures designed to arrest anti-competitive behaviours of operators.

“Concerned that government, including your administration, is interested in synergy, NFHA has decided to embark upon similar purposeful dialogue and constructive engagement with other agencies to support and encourage beneficial formulation and implementation of policies to salvage our regional economy.”

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