…Trucks E-Call Up Challenged by Inefficiency of Multimodal Transportation- Aniebonam

BY ESTHER OLUKU

The Institute of Transport Management and Technology (ITMT) on Thursday in Lagos, honoured the Founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam with Grand Fellowship, even as the Freight Forwarders’ leader said that the truck electronic call up system by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is currently challenged because of the nation’s inefficiency at operating multimodal transportation. 

Aniebonam, who is the third fellow to be decorated with the Grand Fellowship in the last 36 years, expressed surprise at the recognition accorded him by the Institute.

“I am not a member of the management board. They know their criteria. To me, this is a weighty recognition and I sometimes ask myself if I merited this award. As a private person, getting to this level means that I have done more work than I noticed in my quest to create capacity and bring about a better life for man.

He said the Grand Fellowship is a call to further add value and an opportunity that NAGAFF should take advantage of.

Meanwhile, the Rector ITMT, Dr. Mrs. Lilian Chibor while conferring the fellowship said Aniebonam who had been at the forefront of championing policies to build stakeholders’ capacity is deserving of the fellowship.

From Left to Right. Hon. Tony Nwabunike, President, Association of Nigerian Customs Licensed Agents (ANCLA); Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, Founder, Nigerian Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF); Mrs. Lilian Chibor, Rector, Institute of Transport Management and Technology (ITMT) at the conferment of Grand Fellowship on Dr. Aniebonam in Lagos, yesterday.

“The institute singled out Dr. Aniebonam for this conferment as a result of his enormous contribution to the growth and development of the maritime industry in Nigeria”, she stated.

Speaking on the sidelines with journalists on the e-call up system for moving cargoes from the port by the Nigerian Port Authority, Aniebonam said that the challenges facing the system is inundating.

He said the problem of moving cargoes to the owners’ warehouses is getting more difficult because of the challenge of inefficiency of operating multimodal transportation.

“The e-call up system is not as easy as anybody might think. For one the tankers, if all the tankers coming from all parts of the country enter Apapa, what do you expect? You cannot solve the problem. We have not gone into multi-modalism, which would hasten the movement of goods going in and out of the country.

 “When NAGAFF advocated for this twenty years ago, we alerted the government to establish truck terminals. Looking at the rate of cargo trooping in, that is another problem so the blame game would continue because we have not prepared for this. 

“The roads going into the ports should carry nothing less than eight lanes of our on both sides,” he said.

TNMN reports that Dr Aniebonam received the Grand Fellowship alongside Lt. General Jeremiah Useni and Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.), Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service.

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