The management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has imposed a fine of N200, 000 on unregistered trucks accessing the ports.
This was disclosed by Safety Manager, Western Ports of the agency, Engr. Okey Ezenwa at an event to recognise deserving safety managers of the Lagos Port Complex which held at Mobil Pegasus Club, Apapa, Lagos on December 11.
In a lecture themed, “Minimum Standard for Trucks Entering the Port, the Journey So Far”, he said that despite registering 14,000 trucks this year, the agency was aware that many unregistered trucks with fraudulent documents were still accessing the port.
He said any affected trucks carrying fake stickers that were not issued by the agency would be compelled to pay N200, 000 as fine, any truck caught involved in transfer of stickers will pay a fine of N50,000 and any truck that has an original sticker but does not paste it will be fined N20,000.
“We have registered 14,000 trucks this year but there are some trucks that access the port that are not registered by us and are carrying stickers.
“Whenever we catch them, they will pay us N200,000. If it is the transfer of sticker, you will pay us N50,000. If you don’t paste your sticker in time and we catch you, you will pay us N20,000.
Also, he said ‘bad guys’ who print fake checklist and stickers were responsible for the circumvention of the system and the huge number of rickety trucks accessing the ports.
“We had a checklist but unfortunately we gathered that some bad guys within the port will go ahead printing fake checklist (and) also passing themselves into the port,” he said.
While condemning the high number of rickety trucks accessing the ports, he revealed that NPA has partnered with the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure that a minimum standard is set for trucks.
He said that the collaboration will start from 2017 and ensure that trucks accessing the ports are in good condition.
Furthermore, Ezenwa charged safety managers to properly inspect trucks, adding that any truck without twist locks would be issued a fine and turned back to the loading point.
Earlier, Head of Department, Safety, Lagos Port Complex, Engr. N.E. Abazie said the gathering was to recognise the good performance of safety managers all through the year.
“While we say that members work very hard to ensure Safety and also ensuring cleanliness in the port environment, there are those who have been outstanding in these performances.
“We therefore use this medium in updating our knowledge through lectures and also celebrating the success within the year under review.”
In his remarks, the General Manager of Health, Safety, Environment, Lagos Port Complex, who was represented by Engr. Chris Onipe, said that zero accident recorded within the complex indicated that the safety managers were working.
“If we do not have serious accident it is an indication that we are working. It is also an indication that we are mitigating against the odds.
“We want you to keep it up and we look into the better future as we enter the next year,” he said.
In the same vein, a safety professional, Julius Akpong urged the safety managers to always seek feedback as a way of measuring safety programme effectiveness within their workplace.
“The measurement of safety effectiveness is where managers will have to improve Safety Culture survey, going round and asking people questions, thereby finding out what they feel about safety culture within their organisation,” he said.
Akpong, while delivering a lecture on “Mistakes and Human Errors as Cause of Accident”, said that accidents occur within a system because of constant interaction, and identified human reliability as an important component of that chain.
He said, “Accident occurs because of interaction between system components: systems are therefore made up of the job, people working at the job and organisation coordinating the job.”
Meanwhile, some organisations within the Lagos Port Complex were recognised for their safety compliance within the year.
While Nigerian Independent Petroleum Company (NIPCO) was awarded as the Best Company with HSE Equipment 2016, NAFGAS bagged the Best Assess Company of the Year 2016.
In a chat with Safety Record Newspaper, Fire and Safety Chief of NIPCO, Mr. Vitalis Ofoegbu said the award was an indication that they have done extremely well this year and will encourage them to do more.