The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has entered into partnership with the Oyo State Government for the development of Inland Dry Port (IDP) and Truck Transit Park (TTP) in conjunction with some Chinese investors.
The partnership arrangement was unfolded when the Executive Secretary/CEO of the NSC, Mr. Hassan Bello, paid a courtesy visit to the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the Governor’s Office in the state capital, Ibadan.
Bello said that collaborating with the Oyo State Government on the establishment of IDP will bring about a lot of developments to the Nigerian economy, stressing that Oyo State was critical to the development of transportation in view of its strategic location.
According to him, since 2006, the federal government had taken a decision to establish IDPs in the six geo-political zones of the country of which Oyo State is one.
Describing transportation as a driving force in the national economy, the Bello said that the establishment of IDP and TTP in the state will provide job opportunities and create wealth for the state.
The NSC CEO also said the ongoing rail project being championed by the Ministry of Transportation will be a big boost to the IDPs as it will help decongest the heavy traffic on the road as well as facilitate easy movement of goods from Lagos ports to different locations in the country.
He disclosed that the proposed TTP alone would gulp N4.8 billion through the Public Private Partnership (PPP), adding that the facilities will include shopping mall, hotels, motels, worship centre, commercial banks, restaurants among others.
He explained that the idea of TTP was to have a secured and convenient place for truck drivers to have as resting places while moving goods from one location to the other.
He noted that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed recently with the Chinese investors for the development Ibadan dry port project, adding that the interest shown by the investors was in consideration of the strategic importance of Ibadan.
He solicited the support of Oyo State government for their allocation of the land for the development of the TTP.
Ajimobi who was impressed by the two concepts assured NSC of the support of the administration and called on the council to hasten the paper works required for the project to begin.
He said that there was no reason the state should not have started the project much earlier, considering the geographical and human capital advantages Oyo state has over other states.
The governor said that the project would cause a remarkable reduction in road carnage, improvement in economic activities and job opportunities.
He called for a committee to be set up between the two partners for a successful and speedy implementation of the project.