The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday urged Federal and Lagos Governments to check the excesses of security personnel controlling trucks loading at the Apapa Port.
NUPEN’s Chairman Lagos Zonal Council, Mr. Tayo Aboyeji, made the appeal in an interview in Lagos.
Aboyeji appealed to the Lagos State Government to urgently disband the task force and allow the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) personnel and the police to do their jobs.
He alleged that the security personnel attached to the task for controlling trucks loading at the Apapa were in the habit of extorting and brutalizing the tanker drivers.
The NUPENG’s chairman also said that activities of the security personnel posed serious threats to the truck drivers, adding that this had impeded loading of oil and free flow of traffic.
According to him, activities of the security personnel are the major challenges facing the tanker drivers.
“We want activities of the security personnel to be checked; they are not trained to be controlling traffic. Their activities are affecting our operations.
“Two members of our union (NUPENG) were hospitalized on Monday. We don’t want more people to die due to their extortions and illegal operations. We want them to be withdrawn from the roads.
“In fact, the gridlock in Apapa area was caused by the excesses of the security personnel who will not allow our members to pass without paying them.
“Those that were unable to meet their demands faced stringent punishment and harassment,” Aboyeji alleged.
He, however, appealed to the Lagos State Government to urgently disband the task force and allow the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) personnel and the police to do their jobs.
Aboyeji urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to decentralize port operations to other locations to decongest Apapa Ports and end gridlocks in the area.
He appealed to the management of NPA to develop other ports like Calabar, Warri, Port Harcourt and others, to reduce business concentration at Apapa.