Truck drivers operating in the nation’s seaports, who embarked on strike following restrictions placed on them by the Lagos state government, have called off the industrial action.
The government had restricted the movement of the trucks between 9pm and 6am following an accident involving one of the trucks that led to the death of three people at Ojuelegba bridge.
At a meeting with Association of Maritime Truck Owners, AMATO, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, National. Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, Terminal Operators, which took place at the Board Room of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Western Ports, Apapa, the General Manager, Public Affair of NPA, Capt. Iheanacho Ebubeogu confirmed that the truck owners had called off the strike and promised to obey the restriction order.
Iheanacho, however, appealed to the state government to give a month grace before enforcing of the order.
“The outcome of the meeting is that truck owners have agreed to suspend the strike and have made us to realise that there are operational challenges for them to operate within the period allowed by the law.”
“For instance, as at the time they want them to operate they may get to a point where the receiver is closed or there are mechanical challenges and they will be on transit when the times elapses.
“All this exigencies should be considered when looking at their case and what was raised by Lagos state and a joint committee have been formed and given a month to look at these issues and what is for them to do, they will do and uses the forum that what is for government to do, they will do”.
The truck drivers also appealed to the LASG to give look into its letter earlier sent to the Governor.
“The stakeholders appeal earnestly to the state government to look dispassionate ly at our plea as contained in the letter earlier sent to the government on the application of the road traffic law to truckers in Lagos state.
“It is of utmost importance that the LASG considers a one month grace period before enforcement commences.”


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