By Ifeyinwa Obi
WITH the expiration of the ultimatum to go on indefinite strike to protest against the poor state of the Lagos ports access roads on Monday, September 26, 2016, the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO)has shifted the deadline it handed out to the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to Friday, 30thSeptember, 2016.
Truckers under the aegis of AMATO had earlier warned in a letter to the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, its plan to withdraw their services earlier on Monday, September 26th but decided to extend it to Friday, September 30th, 2016.
Speaking on the change of date of the planned strike, the AMATO Chairman, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, said: “So far, we are weighing the priority, examining the efforts and moves being put in place by the management of NPA to address the problem.”
Noting that “the new date of the ultimatum given will expire Friday”, Ogungbemi added: “We are still meeting to assess the situation. Outcome of the meeting will be made known to all. We shall definitely not reverse our ultimatum if we do not receive concrete assurance from the NPA concerning the roads.
The roads leading to the ports, the gateway to the nation’s economy ought to be the country’s best, he stated”.
He expressed suprise that the roads leading to the Lagos Ports Complex, LPC and the Tin-can Island Ports Complex, TCIPC have been neglected for so long.
Findings have shown that cargo congestion might just be in the horizon, unless the authorities effect palliatives promptly to ameliorate the deplorable state of the Lagos ports access roads by Friday, in order to avert the impending strike action .