An Open Letter to Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu, The President Federal Republic of  Nigeria

8Th December, 2023

Your Excellency,
Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
The Presidential Villa,

Dear President Asiwaju Bola Hammed Tinubu ,


I am writing to bring to your attention a matter of grave concern that is negatively impacting the economic growth and social welfare of our beloved nation. It pertains to the failure of the Electronic Call Up System of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the inefficiency of the Lagos State government in ensuring a free flow of traffic on the Port Access road.

I would like to highlight the dire situation that has been prevailing on the Port Access road, causing significant disruptions to the movement of goods and services. The current state of affairs is hindering the operations of businesses, exacerbating the cost of doing business, and impeding the progress of our national economy.

It is disheartening to note that truck drivers are experiencing an unprecedented delay in accessing the port, with a turnaround time of up to three weeks. This delay is unjustifiable and has severe consequences for both importers and exporters, resulting in financial losses and a decline in productivity. To compound matters, it has come to our attention that certain individuals or entities are being given preferential treatment, allowing them to bypass the system and move their cargo with minimal delays, while others suffer inordinate delays.

This blatant disregard for fairness and transparency in the distribution of resources and opportunities has created an environment of frustration and a sense of inequality among stakeholders in the port logistics chain. It is imperative that immediate action is taken to rectify this situation and restore confidence in the system.

Therefore, I humbly request Your Excellency’s urgent intervention by declaring a STATE OF EMERGENCY on the Port Access road. This decision would empower relevant authorities to take swift and decisive measures to address the systemic failures and bring about tangible improvements. The declaration of a state of emergency will enable the deployment of additional resources, the implementation of stricter oversight, and the establishment of a task force comprising experts from various relevant sectors to resolve the issues at hand.

Furthermore, I implore Your Excellency to ensure a comprehensive review of the Electronic Call Up System implemented by the Nigerian Ports Authority. This review should aim to identify the root causes of its failure and explore alternative solutions to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, it is crucial to remind you that the promise made by the Lagos State government to alleviate the congestion and ensure a free flow of traffic in the area before the disbandment of the Presidential task Team, hitherto set up by the previous administration has not been fulfilled three years after. The deployed committee of Lagos State and other enforcement teams in charge of the roads are abusing their position and often enrich themselves at the expense of the system.
Creation of disfunctional garages under the bridges such as MPS, MPS EXTENSION and others to confer priority on trucks belonging to their friends and associates is a major character of this committee in connivance with the Nigerian Ports Authority .

Mr President sir, the success of our nation depends on the prosperity and smooth functioning of our ports and transportation systems. By addressing this urgent issue, you will not only alleviate the suffering of countless businesses and individuals but also demonstrate your commitment to good governance, fairness, and the welfare of our citizens.

I kindly urge you to take prompt action on this matter, as time is of the essence. Your leadership and intervention will undoubtedly pave the way for positive change and set a precedent for future challenges that may arise in our nation’s development.

Thank you for your attention and consideration. May God continue to grant you wisdom and guidance in your efforts to steer our great nation towards progress and prosperity.

Yours faithfully,

Adeyinka Aroyewun
National president

1. Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu,
The Executive Governor,
Lagos State.
2. The Managing Director,
The Nigerian Ports Authority.

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