Fed Govt shops for new investor for Jos Inland Dry Port


Our Reporter

The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), is shopping for another investor for the Jos Inland Dry Port, The Nation has learnt.

The former concessionaire of the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Heipang, Jos, Plateau State, Duncan Maritime Ventures, it was also gathered, has pulled out of the project.

NSC Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Hassan Bello, said the government through the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amechi has given a directive that all Inland Container Depot Projects (ICD) must be completed and inaugurated as soon as possible to boost the economy.

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He noted that the Council promotes and facilitates the establishment of ICD on the basis of Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

The ICD, he stated, is to bring shipping to the doorsteps of shippers, assist in decongesting the seaport and revive and modernise the railway.

The Managing Director of Duncan Maritime Limited, Mr Bartho Nyelong, said the company’s inability to implement the Jos Inland Dry Port project was due to certain challenges that made them back out of the project.

A senior official of the Plateau State Government, Mr Ezekiel Gomos, said the state government was enthusiastic about the project and the opportunities the ICD will bring to the development of the state and its people.

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