Sifax Haulage boss backs truck standardisation programme

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The Executive Director, Sifax Haulage & Logistics Limited, a subsidiary of the Sifax Group, Major Henry Ajetunmobi (Retd.), has lauded the new partnership between the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Federal Road Safety Corps in the enforcement of minimum standard of safety and roadworthiness for all trucks entering Nigerian ports.

According to Ajetunmobi, the standardisation policy has great potential to enhance safety at the Nigerian ports, adding that all relevant government agencies need to take seriously the strict enforcement of the policy.

He said, “I can tell you that a good number of trucks around the ports are substandard and not fit for logistics business. Such trucks could impact on the safety of cargo and people. That’s why I believe the standardisation policy is not only good, but also timely.

“The policy has great potential to enhance safety at the ports. But like everything else, potential alone is necessary, but not enough; the process fully needs to be strengthened by effective compliance monitoring and enforcement.”

On what would be the benefits of the policy for logistics operators complying with it, Ajetunmobi said, “It is clear that any maritime haulage business company that is certified to meet the standardisation requirements has all it takes to boast of being a competent, efficient and law-abiding corporate citizen.

“It also proves that such a company can be trusted to be fully compliant with the set rules and regulations of the government and those of its regulatory agencies.”

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