COMTUA: No military checkpoints on Apapa-Tin Can corridor

The Coalition of Maritime Transport Unions and Associations (COMTUA) has said that since the establishment of the Presidential Task Team, there has been no military checkpoints on any part of the Apapa and Tin Can corridor till now.

Adeyinka Aroyewun, COMTUA National President, in a statement titled ‘Re: Lagos Shuts Military Checkpoints At Apapa/Tin Can Corridor’, made available on Saturday, stated that the extortion point on the mentioned corridor is being mainly operated by LASTMA, RTEAN, Area Boys, NPA and other proxies of the Lagos State Committee on Apapa headed by Hon Toyin Fayinka, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation.

Aroyewun, who said the coalition was responding to an earlier statement by Lagos State government, through the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Fayinka, maintained that the alleged usurpation of powers and authority by the special adviser was on the corridor, had also been a source of extortion through the agencies on abandoned vehicles’ illegal operation.

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He stressed that the said stakeholders’ meeting reportedly held at the instance of Hon Fayinka on Easter Monday was a charade aimed at misleading the general public and to cover up for his alleged atrocities against truckers.

Aroyewun stated: “I want to draw the attention of government and the general public to the failure of the Lagos State on Apapa/Tin Can corridor as follows: That Hon Toyin Fayinka and his committee members has failed to produce a white paper to the police and the general public on the ban on collection by unions on the road as directed by the governor.

“The imposition of substandard garages on truckers by the Lagos State Ministry of Transport in connivance with NPA is an extortion part on its own. A case study of ABAT in Orile.

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“The activities of the agency on abandoned vehicles without any avenue for redress are more extortion than any other. A case where driven vehicles are fined for towing and moving vehicles hijacked and called abandoned.

“This is most embarrassing, especially when Hon Toyin Fayinka confirmed that the governor directed that every vehicle arrested for violation must pay N100,000 for towing, even when driven.”

Aroyewun challenged Fayinka to mention the stakeholders at the meeting and the criteria for their invitation.

“Enough of this deceit and cover-ups. The Port Standing Task Team set up by the presidency is intending to arrest illegality of the Logistics ring, however, the misleading press release is aimed at frustrating the good work of the committee,” Aroyewun added.

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