Truck owners doing business in the nation's seaports have called on the federal government to establish a transport bank that will be totally devoted to address the challenges plaguing the transport industry.
They argued that a commercial bank geared to address the challenges in the sector will go a long way to grow and sustain it in the years ahead.
The truck owners under the aegis of the
Chairman of AMATO, Chief
His words: "We need a transport bank where we can have access to loans at a reasonable rate and terms to maintain our trucks and do our business professionally. The truth is that it is only then that there can be a change in the face of all the challenges facing the sub-sector"
He said that he hopes that the government will not wait for truck owners to withdraw our services before they look into our request.
Ogungbemi expressed dismay that the use of task force by government to address the issue of broken down trucks on roads is becoming unbearable, stressing that government should partner with AMATO to acquire new and durable trucks. Said he: "Setting up a task force is not the solution. It is a mere cosmetic that cannot heal the wounds. It is only important that the necessary infrastructure be put in place."
He said that members of the association had continued to operate with rickety trucks because of the huge taxes imposed on them by various government agencies.
"Most of the trucks operating are in rickety condition and these things are happening because truck owners are losing their proceeds to officials who claim to work for different levels of government. Some officials of local governments hang around corners and fabricate offences and make the truck owners to pay different fines. Some come around with all types of stickers for different local government areas across the country. But we have started working to ensure that these loopholes are blocked," he said.
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