There are strong indications that truck drivers in Lagos have begun to withdraw their services from the ports in protest over the restriction of their movements by the Lagos State Government.
It will be recalled that following an accident involving a truck with an unlatched container which claimed 3 lives at Ojuelegba, the Lagos State Government announced a movement restriction for trucks to between 9pm – 6am.
However, in protest, truck drivers under the aegis of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners and National Association of Road Truck Owners announced on Thursday that that they would withdraw their services from operation with immediate effect over the restriction directive.
Speaking with Punch, Chairman of AMATO, Chief Remi Ogungbemi said that it was difficult for its members to comply with the directive due to security concerns.
“This is why we have decided to withdraw our services with immediate effect until normalcy returns. The state policy restricting trucks movement to the night would be hard to comply with because the safety of our trucks, drivers and the cargoes cannot be guaranteed.
“Hijackers are hijacking trucks with goods till date. So, if we move at night, hijacking will become more rampant,” he said.
“There is no designated truck park where we can stay until we can be allowed to move. All these infrastructures have to be put in place before they can start implementing such a policy. As it is, the current situation will have a negative effect on the economy of the nation (sic),” he added.
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