Nigerian government Plans New Truck Transit Parks in 8 Locations in the Country
Lagos – The federal government of Nigeria has urged investors to key into the immense opportunities inherent in the Inland Dry Ports (IDP) and the proposed Truck Transit Parks (TTP) being promoted by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).
Speaking yesterday at a breakfast meeting tagged: ‘Financing Transport Infrastructure: Inland Dry Ports and Truck Transit Parks’ organized by the NSC in Lagos, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the country transport infrastructure possess huge opportunities that everyone should come together to develop a strategy to take advantage of it.
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The vice president who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Kolade Sofolahan, said the country infrastructure deficit is a huge opportunity that must be tapped into.
According to him, “We have infrastructural opportunities not a problem in Nigeria. It’s a huge opportunity that everyone should come together to develop a strategy to take advantage of. It is described as a crisis but I see it as an opportunity. We have to think about how to grow our roads, TTP and IDP in a way that it is integrated to diversify our economy.”
Also speaking, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed that the federal government has approved and concession the establishment of six Inland Container Depots across the geopolitical zones.
He also said the federal government has identified the TTPs as priority projects and provided the institutional and legal framework for the establishment of TTPs by the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan 2014-2043.
Specifically, he said: “Government have approved and concession the establishment of six inland container depot across the geo-political zones at Erunmu, Ibadan in South West; Isiala-Ngwa, Aba in the South-East; Futua, Katsina and Zawachiki, Kano in the North-West; Heipang, Jos in North Central and Jauri, Maiduguri in North-East.
“Construction work at the recently concessioned Kaduna ICNL Inland Dry Port has been completed and awaiting inauguration for full operations. The inland container depots are ports of Origin for exports and origin for imports and will see transportation of cargoes to the hinterland and even landlocked neighbouring countries.”
With reports from Thisday