Containerised Trucks Cannot Cohabitate With Petroleum Tanker Trucks In The Same Place – AMATO
The Association of Maritime Truck Operators (AMATO), has kicked against the Lagos State Government plans to relocate all articulated vehicles to the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (ABAT) Park. Their thoughts was made known by the union’s chairman, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune.
Ogungbemi cited safety concerns that could arise from keeping petroleum tanker trucks together with containerised trucks.
He explained that the ABAT park is mainly for petroleum tanker vehicles, and that there is no way container-carrying trucks can share same park with petroleum tanker trucks.
Ogungbemi said, “I listened to His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, explaining that efforts are in top gear to make ABAT ready for container-carrying articulated vehicles, that the place can contain about 3000 trucks.”
“From what the Governor said, the ABAT place is not yet ready because they have not even started to prepare it for truckers.”
“We know the park and normally refer to it as white sand. It is mainly designed for petroleum tanker trucks, and there is no way containerised trucks can cohabitate with petroleum tanker trucks in the same place. Petroleum tanker trucks carry inflammable products while containerised trucks carry dry cargoes.”
“Moving forward, we have identified a place that can comfortably accommodate about 1000 trucks and has every amenities that a truck transit parks require like toilets, restrooms, restaurants etc, but the owner is demanding for outright payment of around N2bn.”
“No government has ever provided any place for us as truck transit parks. The Lagos State provision of ABAT cannot work because containerised trucks cannot stay in the same place with petroleum tanker trucks.
“We have identified a place in Orile area, but the owner wants outright payment of N2bn. The owner of the place is not interested in any lease arrangement.”