Shippers’ Council Partners Oyo Govt To Set Up $200m Modern Dry Port

 

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has partnered with the Oyo State Government to establish a $200m modern dry port, as well as a truck transit park in the state.

This is in collaboration with some Chinese investors.

The secretary and executive officer of the council, Hassan Bello said this over the weekend, during his visit to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, in his office in Ibadan.

“We are here because Oyo State is critical to development in transportation in Nigeria. Since 2006 the Federal Government had taken a decision to establish an inland port in the six geopolitical zones of the country, of which Oyo State is important. We have others in Abia, Jos, Kano, Maiduguri and Funtua.

READ ALSO: Adeosun Appoints Mary Uduk As Acting SEC DG

“Because of the strategic importance of Ibadan, we have had inquiries from a serious Chinese investor for the project. Five days ago we signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop this very important Ibadan dry port project.

“What we are looking for from the state government is to have, along the railway line that is currently ongoing, a 60,000 hectares of land to develop a modern dry port, while the transport transit park will require 35,000 hectares of land,” Bello said.

Enumerating the advantages of the modern dry port project, he said it would provide job opportunity for 10,000 people, adding that the truck transits park would equally generate 25,000 jobs.

Bello said that the project was heavily dependent on the ongoing Lagos-Kano rail project, which would decongest the heavy traffic on road transportation of goods from the Lagos port to the rest of the country.

He disclosed that the proposed park alone would gulp N4.8billion, through the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP).

When completed, he said that the park would have hotels, motels, resident doctors, restaurants, shopping mall, commercial banks, among other facilities for the convenience of transporters.

In his response, the governor promised the support of the administration and called on the council to hasten the paper works required for the project to commence soonest.

The governor said that the projects would cause a remarkable reduction in road carnage, improvement in economic activities and maximization of employment opportunities, but called for strict enforcement of rules guiding parking of trucks on completion of the park.

Shippers’ Council Assures Cargo Operators Of Improved Services

Nigerian Shippers' Council, Nigeria Customs Service, Cargo Operators, Hassan BelloThe Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello, has assured cargo operators of improved services across Nigerian seaports.

The assurance comes as the Nigeria Customs Service upholds its enforcement of the ban on importation of vehicles through land borders.

Mr Bello made the remark on Sunday while addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He blamed the diversion of goods by cargo operators to neighboring countries on the inefficiency that characterised the operations of Nigerian seaports.

Mr Bello was hopeful that the ban on the importation of cars through the land borders was a good development that would create employment opportunities for Nigerians.

India To Invest $15bn In Nigeria’s Oil And Gas

Oil and gas, Ibe kachikwu, Nigerian Shippers Council, Maritime LawThe Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu has negotiated a 15 billion dollar investment in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector with the Indian government. 

The negotiations formed part of the three-day investment drive of Mr Kachikwu to India where he concluded talks on investments in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector in a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart in charge of petroleum and natural gas.

Both countries have agreed to work on a memorandum of understanding to facilitate investments by India in the Nigerian oil and gas sector and specifically in areas such as term contract, participation of Indian companies in the refining sector, oil and gas marketing and upstream ventures.

The MoU is expected to be firmed up in December 2016 during the 12th International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, PETROTECH-2016, at New Delhi.

Shippers Council Advocates Inclusion Of Maritime Law In Nat’l Curriculum

Nigerian Shippers Council, Maritime LawThe Nigerian Shippers Council has emphasised the need for the introduction and study of Maritime Law at the undergraduate level in Nigerian universities.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Mr Has‎san Bello, made the appeal on Wednesday at a forum with the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja.

He said that the introduction of maritime law in the curriculum of Nigerian universities would help articulate improvements and understanding of maritime issues.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, on his part admitted the need for Nigerian universities and lecturers to expand their knowledge base on maritime studies.

Governor Ahmed Advocates Diversification Of Economy Through Agriculture

agricultureThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has again called for the diversification of the Nigerian economy from oil to agriculture and air cargo transport.

The Governor, while speaking at a seminar of Nigerian Shippers Council in Ilorin, said that this would help to restore the economy of the nation.

He said that it was unfortunate that Nigeria is yet to fully tap the potential in the air cargo sector, despite being endowed with agricultural produce with available markets locally and internationally.

While the nation cannot completely discount crude oil as a source of revenue, Governor Ahmed stressed that agriculture remains the sector with the capacity to stimulate and insulate the economy.

He stressed that domestic cargo business has the potential to generate revenues for both investors and governments if the domestic wings of major airports in the country are fully developed for cargo travel.

Local agricultural produce would be transported with ease and waste will be minimized, he said.

The Governor added that the state government’s decision to construct the Ilorin Cargo Terminal Airport was part of effort to support farmers, boost agriculture and grow Kwara State into the region’s agribusiness hub.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello, agreed that the airfreight sector holds great potentials for the expansion of the nation’s export base in perishable goods.

He explained that if properly developed, the sector has the potential of drastically boosting the revenue of government at all levels.