Shippers’ council to serve as guarantor for Ibadan dry port

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The Nigerian Shippers’ Council is to serve as guarantor to the concession of the 80,000 Twenty-Equivalent Unit-capacity Ibadan dry port.

This is following a negotiation between the Federal Government and China Railway Construction Corporation, the preferred bidders for the construction of the dry port.

The port is to  be built on the basis of Public Private Partnership agreement in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

On completion, the facility is expected to contribute to addressing the problem of port congestion and gridlock in Apapa as it will be designated a port of destination where cargo will be consolidated for import and export, especially in the South-Western part of Nigeria.

Among other uses, the dry port will provide a competitive cargo sorting centre, bulk breaking as well as cargo-tracking and truck management services.

This project, which has been estimated at US$94,000,000.00 (N43,240,000,000.00), will boost employment in Oyo State and other cities in the environs, according to a statement from the NSC.

The Lagos-Kano standard gauge railway currently under construction is aligned to the proposed dry port, making it easy to convey cargo from the seaports in Lagos and to all destinations along the route.

The council added that the negotiations emphasised the utilisation of local content at each stage of development and operation of the facility.

It said in a statement, “Having concluded this stage, an Updated Full Business Case Compliance report will be produced. A draft agreement will be presented to the Federal Ministry of Justice and sent to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, for vetting, after which the Minister of Transportation will present the agreement to the Federal Executive Council.

“The concessionaire will then be taken to the site for sod-turning. It is expected that construction will commence immediately after the ceremony. The time-line for completion is twelve months.”

The negotiation was moderated by the Federal Ministry Of Transportation led by the acting Permanent Secretary,— and the Director, Maritime Services, Auwalu Suleiman, the Director-General of ICRC, Chidi Izuwa.

Jummai Katagum who represented the Federal Ministry of Finance was also part of the four-day negotiation.

Also present, was Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, Secretary to Government of Oyo State. The preferred bidder CRCC was led by Deputy Managing Director, Jacques Liao.

The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, NSC, Hassan Bello,  expressed satisfaction with the proceedings. He disclosed that all parties expressed firm commitment to the actualization of the project, the statement signed by the Head, Public Relations, NSC, Rakiya Zubairu, added.

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