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Inland Dry Port: Oyo Govt. hands over land documents to FG


Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi(Right) receiving the land
documents from the Oyo State Gov., Mr. Abiola Ajimobi

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has handed over
documents of the 90 hectares of land approved for the construction of Ibadan
Inland Dry Port to the Federal Government.

governor handed over the land documents to the Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi
Amaechi, on Tuesday at the Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the
proposed Inland Dry Port is located at Olorisa-Oko village in Akinyele Local
Government Area of Oyo State.
port project was conceived to decongest the Apapa Seaport, ease gridlock on the
Apapa expressway and engender massive employment as well as improve the
government’s Internally Generated Revenue.
said most containers and commercial goods would be transported through the
ongoing standard gauge railway to Ibadan, easing the gridlock in Apapa.

He urged the incoming administration to develop
adjoining roads to the proposed dry port to ease possible gridlock in the
me quickly add that the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway on completion will
ease the Apapa expressway gridlock in Lagos and my fear is that I don’t know if
Oyo State government is ready for the shift of the gridlock to this axis of
and imported goods will now be transported to Ibadan and the rest of the
country through the light rail and this will aggravate commercial activities at
the Inland Dry Port end until there is continuation of the rail project toward
the Ibadan-Kano corridor.
“So I suggest that the incumbent and the incoming
governor work together and open up roads around the Ibadan Inland Dry Port to
avoid a transfer of the stress of Apapa expressway to Ibadan,’’ he said.
minister commended Ajimobi for helping to realise the dream of the port with
the provision of necessary logistics.
also congratulated the governor on the successful completion of his second term
in office.
are concluding your second term administration with a very strong note of
performance and unequal pace-setting, not all governors finish this way.
“Most of your detractors even acknowledge the fact that
you have done so much in infrastructural facilities and other areas where you
have touched lives.
will judge you well. For me, I don’t think of what people talk about me. I only
care about how I do what I do.
have journeyed well and I congratulate you and your family for your success,’’
he said.
in his response, said that the state would rather experience gridlock of
progress in commerce and socio-economic development instead of gridlock of
hunger and thuggery.
Ajimobi expressed gratitude to the Federal Government
for bringing the project to the state, saying it would impact positively on the
socio-economic development of the state.
we believe this project will improve our commerce and transportation. I just
listened to the minister say the gridlock in Lagos might be transferred to
me inform you that we will rather have a gridlock of progress in commerce and
socio-economic development than having gridlock of hunger and thuggery,” he
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his efforts
toward building a better Nigeria, saying an evidence of this was the
construction of the standard gauge railway to ease transport of goods and
people across the country.
project and ongoing railway project will go a long way in improving the economy
and propel personal growth of people as well as businesses in our state.
are happy this is happening in our time,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mr Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary,
Nigeria Shippers Council, said the dry port project would cost $99,665,626. 

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