Chris Steven, Abuja
Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has condemned what it called wrongful imposition of N10,000 vehicle entry permits on transporters for their trucks to enter into the port by the management of Nigerian Port Authority (NPA).
The association, in a press statement issued after the inauguration of its third National Executive Council in Abuja said the fee is exploitative and illegal noting that vehicle entry permit is embedded in the payments made by Importers, Licenced Customs Agent and Transporters in the delivery charges to the terminal operators on the lease and concession agreement already in place.
While calling on the management of NPA to refund all the N10,000 vehicle entry permits they have so far collected from transporters, it also called on the Federal Ministry of Transport to stop imposing the levy immediately or face any consequences the continued extortion may cause.
NARTO in the statement also lamented that despiye the near collapse of some of the nation’s roads, particularly the interstate roads and highways, the federal government has failed to embark on their immediate repair and rehabilitation.
“We believe that one year was sufficient for the Federal Ministry of Works to determine the extent of the dilapidation and desrepair and the scope of work to be carried out on them.
It is a matter of great concern to us that lives and property are being lost on daily basis on our roads due mainly to the condition of the roads.
Therefore, we call on the Minister for Works to quickly make a major pronouncement on roads rehabilitation and reconstructions even as we await the passage of the 2016 budget in order to give us the needed assurances that the problems would be addressed” it said