The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Emmanuel Jime has assured that all outstanding issues in the Full Business Case( FBC) and the Concessionaire agreement that would drive the development Ibadan Inland Dry Port have been resolved.
According to a statement issued on Friday by Mrs Rakiya Dhikru-Yagboyaju Head,Public Relations, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Jime, made the declaration when he led the agency’s management team on a courtesy visit to the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde at the Government House, Ibadan, Oyo State.
He commended the State Government for the pivotal role it has played towards the actualisation of Ibadan Inland Dry port, revealing that the host state has agreed to provide necessary infrastructure that would assist the successful take-off of the project.
A critical challenge facing the dry port is the link road from the entrance/exit of Ibadan Dry Port and a frame bridge at the entrance/exit of Ibadan Dry Port.
Others are connection of Ibadan Inland Dry Port to 33KV power supply and the reconstruction of Oyo – Ibadan to Moniya -Iseyin road.
According to the NSC boss, the outstanding issues that have not been addressed by Oyo State Government are: the payment of compensation for the 90 hectares of land acquired for the project, provision of infrastructure, as well as need for engagement with host communities and stakeholders for support.
Responding, Governor Makinde welcomed the new NSC boss and his team to the Government House, wishing him successful tenure as the CEO of the Council.
He said that the state wants the Ibadan Dry Port project to be operational, assuring that the host state will give the Council maximum support for the project.
“The IDP is a project after this administration’s heart. We are really interested in the completion of the project. We want to know when we will be able to lift the first cargo from the dry port”, he said.
According to him, Oyo State Government wants to partner with the Shippers’ Council for speedy realisation of the project and as such appealed to Council to bring to the government’s notice those things that the state is doing that may impact negatively and vice versa. The ES/CEO is in Oyo State on a two day working visit.
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