* As RoRo system soon to start in PH
By Codratus Godson
The newly posted Commissioner of police Eastern Ports Command, Rivers-born Tami Evelyn Peterside, has begun courtesy visits to stakeholders under her command but her visit to the Customs has already yielded exciting information.
Her host, the Comptroller of Customs Area One Command, Awwal Baba Mohammed, disclosed that up to 5000 vehicles are billed to discharge in Port Harcourt port monthly. These may be vehicles that would have headed to Lagos ports and add to congestion and traffic chaos.
The information seems to set excitement both in Port Harcourt and Lagos as port congestion and traffic chaos seem to strangulate port operations in Lagos.
The new CP assured the Customs boss of cooperation of her command so as to carry out effective service for the overall interest of the nation.
She assured the Customs boss whom she described as a fellow alumnus of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria of readiness to do everything within her powers to carry out her assignments when necessary.
In his response, the Customs boss in the Area said the vehicles would begin to be discharged in PH as soon as full operations resume in no distant time.
Newsmen could clearly see that the Customs Command seems to be in high spirits to begin clearing vehicles in PH and maybe other eastern ports, something that has not been done since the end of the civil war. The Comptroller said his men were ready to ensure efficient and quick clearing operations.
Mohammed further assured that by September 2020 when the ports would be in full operation again, the vehicles would start to arrive to Port Harcourt in Rivers State. This move is expected to reduce traffic jam and chaos on Apapa Port.
The plan to divert vehicles to Port Harcourt came as latest measure to decongest Lagos ports. The Customs Command said they are ready to carry out quick clearing.
He mentioned some of the measures being initiated to reduce tension in eastern ports and tune the Customs personnel to be of sound mind and in professional mood at all times. On staff welfare, he promised to host Happy Hour for the port community which is hosted by different organization and in the officers mess where personnel of all security agencies can come and unwind and recreate so as to build greater bond and create rapport as well as ease tension after hectic hours.
He commended the new CP Eastern Port Command for the visit and said this would boost the synergy existing between both commands in eastern ports administration.
The CP also paid a visit to BUA to see things for herself.