By DAPO OLAWUNI
Chieftain of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) Alhaji Innua Muhammed has said that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Electronic Call Up System (Eto) and its electronic barriers mounted by Truck
Transit Park (TTP) around Tin Can Island Port exit gate was wrongly positioned.
Innua stated this in a chat with DAILY TREND NEWS while reacting to an accident which occurred at the port on Wednesday involving a fully loaded petroleum tanker and a container truck.
Our correspondent reported that the accident which happened directly in front of the ETo electric barrier around the Abuja gate of the Tin Can Port, crippled activities at the port for several hours as no truck was allowed to leave the port or come inside.
Reacting to this, Innua said “The truth is that the position where TTP mounted their Eto electric barrier for trucks exiting out from the port is very dangerous”
“They should have positioned it at a levelled ground, not at a sharp conner which is very close to the hill when exiting the gate.
“Even before they mounted the barrier, there are several occasions when trucks roll backwards when approaching the gate due to high hill” he said
DAILY TREND NEWS correspondent who was at the port yesterday gathered that a 33,000 liters petroleum tanker was trying to breach the Eto Call-up barrier when it rammed into another truck conveying vehicles.
Subsequently, the Tanker bursted and started spilling its contents on the road.
Security agents and fire fighters from MRS tank farms located around PTML Terminal were deployed to curtail the situation.