The Nigeria ports authority (NPA) has announced the take off of the electronic call-up system (ETO). Apapa residents and Lagosians celebrated the commencement of an electronic call-up system with joy and happiness. Recall, that over the years Nigeria’s premier port city, Apapa has been a troubled city for road users and residents with gridlock and deaths caused by trucks.
This automated process, known as Eto App, is expected to permanently restore sanity within the Apapa port corridor, to and from the Lagos Ports Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports by removing the daily traffic congestion, if properly managed.
Senior special assistant to the Governor of Lagos state on news media shared a tweet with a video of how the Eto App works and how to truck operators can access it.
A resident in Apapa, Chukwuma Vincent, said. “If you have been to Apapa in the past you will know what I am talking about. Our businesses went down, property lost value and people were dying,”
“We call on NPA to sustain this. I drove through to my house for the first time in many years and I cried. I thought we had no government in Nigeria again. This is worth celebrating and I can only hope it lasts,”
"We have reached a point where we are going to have a strong Electronic Call Up that will remove human intervention from the process. The E-call up has approved truck parks where all trucks must sit in order to access the port location."- MD @nigerianports, @hadizabalausman. pic.twitter.com/wmxSveQsK6— Government of Nigeria (@NigeriaGov) February 25, 2021
All trucks will be required to park at the approved truck parks until they are called up into the port through the Eto app. The Eto app will be responsible for the scheduling, entry and exit of all trucks from the ports. About 7,000 trucks had been certified fit for the digitalised call up system, and trucks must approach the ports from a holding bay or truck parks with a bar code to access the ports.
This is part of efforts by the lagos state Government, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and Truck Transit Park (TTP) to finding a solution to the maritime sector activities that have plagued Apapa and its environs with daily traffic gridlock.