By DAPO OLAWUNI
Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) and Chairman of Nigeria Football Association Supporters Club, Mr. Rauf Ladipo has revealed that trucks accessing the seaports in Lagos pay as much as N250,000 to security agencies before they are allowed to go in and pick cargo.
Ladipo stated this in Lagos last week at the inauguration of the associations ‘ 25-man compliance team to fight port extortion and corruption.
According to him, an average truck owner makes just N40,000 gain in one month despite the high charges that haulage operators are allegedly collecting at the port.
Giving a detailed breakdown, he said “I have trailers, but my trailers cannot access the port unless I bribe with 250,000, how much am I making from the trip? If i am to go to Ikeja, I would be paid N350,000”
“After spending here and there before my trailer goes into the port, by the time I am through, I would have spent N350,000”
He noted that what truck owners have resulted to, in order to beat the gridlock on the port access road, is to stop by at Mile 2 bus stop, and transport their truck alongside the empty container to the port by barge.
He said “Today, if you have a truck and you want to cross it by barge, you would pay N180,000, and you are going to collect N350,000 on the job, the driver of the truck, after loading will collect N60,000 for fuel and his allowance, so, at the end of the day, you have spent N310,000,
“On a forty foot trailer that you bought with millions, you would go home with just 40,000 in one month”
“For me, I think it is time for us to talk to ourselves, it is time for us to look inwards and see how we can make things better for ourselves”
“I have not seen a job that is as difficult and clumsy as clearing, but we can make it easy for ourselves” he said