During the visit, Bello-Koko inspected designated container stripping yards and the port access roads to ensure that trucks were not loitering in the area. Additionally, he announced the rollout of Standard Operating Procedures for barge operators, which will serve as a guiding framework for all operators.
Highlighting the negative consequences of illegal stripping, Bello-Koko pointed out that it leads to truck congestions on the port access roads, causing traffic disruptions and chaos. The NPA will intensify its vigilance and monitoring efforts to combat this issue.
Addressing the scarcity in some stripping yards, Bello-Koko acknowledged the impact of global economic upheavals on cargo flow but emphasized that low business downturn cannot justify illegality. He revealed that proposals for well-equipped stripping yards, known as devanning yards, are receiving accelerated attention as an alternative to illegal roadside stripping.
Furthermore, Bello-Koko mentioned that the NPA has collaborated with other government agencies and the Lagos State Government to ensure the prevention of such unhealthy practices along the port access road.