By GODFREY BIVBERE, DAVID SAGUA & VICTORIA EDAMA
LAGOS—Customs agents in the country have faulted plans by the Lagos State Government to ban articulated vehicles from plying its roads during the day.
Chairman of Tin-Can Island chapter of Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Mr. Kayode Farinto, said the decision was “draconian.”
The government had initiated moves to stop the movement of container- laden trailers between 6 a.m. and 7p.m.
Speaking at a forum organised by Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria, MARAN, in Lagos, Farinto said such plan will frustrate, if not erode, the gains achieved.
He noted that trade done via the seaports was a major revenue-earner for the nation, at the federal and state levels.
He said a majority of Nigeria’s produce and imports pass through the seaports, adding that the movement of same to and from their origins and points of use, are made via road transport, specifically utilising trailers.
He noted that the nation’s ports were ill-equipped for operations at night, citing the absence of adequate provision for security, in and around the ports.