The Federal Government has approved and Concessioned the establishment of Six Container Depots across the geo-political Zones at Erunmu, Ibadan in South -West, Isiala-Ngwa, Aba in South-East, Funtua, Katshina and Zawachiki, Kano in the North-West, Heipang, Jos in North-Central and Jauri, Maiduguri in North-East. These Projects are already at various stages of construction while the recently concession Kaduna ICNL Inland Dry Port has been completed and awaiting commissioning to commence full operations.
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi made this known recently during a Breakfast meeting on Financing of Transport Infrastructure (Inland Dry Ports) and Truck Transit Park put together by the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Nigerian Shippers’s Council in Lagos.
According to Amaechi, this was necessary as “Government is focusing on linking the various transport modes so as to strengthen the intermodal transport of goods and passengers as well as increased maintenance and capacity expansion to improve on the state of infrastructure”.
He said that the Inland Container Depots (ICDs) are ports of origin for Exports and Imports and will ease transportation of Cargo to the hinterland and even landlocked neighboring countries noting that ICD’s are consolidation centers for export of non-oil agricultural commodities and solid mineral products.
Rotimi Amaechi reiterated that Government was desirous of entering into long term contractual relationship with the private investors to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the TTPs on concession agreements with full assurances that the TTPs is capable to create employment for over 25, 000 youths across the States.
Earlier, in his opening remarks by the representative of the Vice President, Senior Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Mr. Kolade Sofola stated that there are no visible infrastructure deficit in the country and what people regard as infrastructure deficit can be turn into infrastructure opportunity noting that there are huge opportunities in the maritime sector which if tapped into will be significantly sufficient to grow the Nigerian economy.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Sen. Adamu Aliero in his goodwill message said that there are serious infrastructure deficit in the country and to solve the problem, government must seek for funds from the private sector and encouraged private sector participation.
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Habour, Dr. Paul Asani said that the initiator of this programme was calling on Nigerians to begin to look beyond the normal way of funding our projects in Nigeria. He said that our infrastructure deficit is an opportunity to invest in TTPs.
Others who gave goodwill messages are the Senate Committee Chairman on Marine Transport, Sen. Sani Yerima, Executive Governor of Kebbi State, His Excellency, Alh. Atiku Ma’ Muud, Reps. of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Eduvie Agbolohon, Reps. of Oyo State Governor, the Special Adviser on Investment Promotion, Mrs Tolu Sodipe.
Other important personalities who graced the occasion are Professor Wole Soyinka, Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, Sen. Olugbenga Ashafa, Corps Marshal, FRCN Boboye Oyeyemi, Publisher, Leadership Newspaper, Sam Isaiah Uda, DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, MD NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria and Stakeholders in the Maritime, Road and Aviation sectors.