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Ibadan Dry Port construction commences soon


Gov. Abiola Ajimobi(Left) receiving the OBC for the Ibadan Inland Dry port construction  from Mr. Hassan Bello, the executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.

The proposed $134 million Ibadan Inland Dry Port is
set for construction soon as the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has presented
the Outline Business Case Compliance (OBC) certificate to the Oyo State
Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.

The project to be sited at Olorisa-Oko, at the
terminal end of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan standard guage railway line, is a
Public Private Partnership with the Nigeria Shippers Council, CRCC Construction
Company and the Oyo State government as major stakeholders.

While presenting the OBC certificate, Executive
Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello,
expressed hope that the turning of sod, signifying the movement of the
concessionaire to site and commencement of construction work would begin before
the end of the year or early 2019.

He stressed that the OBC certificate was valid for 12 months
urging all stakeholders to live up to their roles towards ensuring the project
is implemented in accordance with the stated project timeline.

According to Bello, the Ibadan Inland Dry Port, estimated to be of
20,000 tons capacity, is meant to shed off the usual congestion at Apapa port
averaging 7,500 trucks and tankers each day.

Consequent upon receiving the OBC certificate for the project, the
NSC is billed to inspect the allocated land so as to facilitate the exchange of
letters from the Oyo State Government to the Nigeria Shippers Council, on
behalf of the federal government.

Bello specifically tasked the Oyo State Government to pay requisite
compensation to the beneficial land owners to ensure that the allocated land
for the project is free of threats of litigation or community related agitation
for the duration of the project construction and completion.

He added that the state government was expected to also cause
electricity, water, security and access roads to be provided to the project

Noting that he was not oblivious of the earlier plan to site the
Ibadan Inland Dry Port in Erunmu, Bello urged the state government to integrate
Erunmu into the new dry port project so that Erunmu does not feel totally

Speaking, Ajimobi tasked the Nigeria Shippers Council and Chinese
company contracted for the job, CRCC Construction Company, to carry out the
project according to the stipulated timelines.

He noted the capacity of the Ibadan Inland Dry Port, upon
completion, to be the most patronised in Nigeria,  Ajimobi specifically
urged CRCC to be effective in carrying out its work so that the project does
not go the way of the Erunmu dry port.

Representative of CRCC management, Mr Dada Ahmed, allayed fears of non-competion of the new Ibadan dry port
project, noting that it was bankable and met requirements of the Infrastructure
Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC)

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