*Ambassador Rallies for Project
The management of Sifax Group has crossed one of the major hurdles in expanding its business in the West African Sub Region beyond Nigeria as it has taken possession of the land it want to build an inland container depot (ICD) in The Gambia capital, Banjul.
In the same vein, it also mobilised contractors and equipment to the site of the project in the West African country.
It has earlier stated that it projected the first quarter of 2019 as the scheduled date for the completion of the ICD which has elicited commendation from far and near, including stakeholders in the maritime industry.
Already, the Nigerian High Commissioner to The Gambia, Ambassador Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe, has commended the company for its planned multi-million dollar investment plan in The Gambia.
Maritime Bits had reported that Sifax Group signed an agreement with the government of The Gambia to build an ICD which will help in decongesting the Port of Banjul and bring what it called “a more efficient system” into the country’s port operations.
A statement issued in Lagos said the commendation was made during a courtesy visit of the officials of the company led by the Group Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi to Ibidapo-Obe.
The High Commissioner assured Sifax Group of the commission’s support in making the new business venture a success, stating that he and his team are already mobilizing patronage in readiness for the business take off, which is billed for next year.
Ibidapo-Obe noted that he was thrilled that Sifax Group would be establishing a multi-million dollar business in the country, adding that such would aid economic integration of the sub-region.
His words: “It’s so heart-warming to hear that a Nigerian company is making waves in the international business circle. I am even happier that this project is happening during my tenure as the High Commissioner to The Gambia. I want to commend the Sifax Group team led by Group Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi. They have done well by investing in this country filled with so many opportunities. I also want to assure you that the High Commission will be very willing to assist in making this business enterprise thrive greatly and also make the Sifax Group brand a household name in Gambia”.
According to the statement which was signed by the Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Muyiwa Akande and made available to Maritime Bits Afolabi was quoted thanking the High Commissioner for his kind words.
Afolabi assured that the company will fulfil the expectations and the confidence of the government and people of the country.
“I want thank you for your warm reception and promised support. I assure you that we will transform the Gambian economy with our business investments. Sifax Group is synonymous with excellent and innovative service delivery and we will not renege on that”, he said.