The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has revealed that lack of funds and availability of land as major hindrances truncating the takeoff of Inland Dry Ports across the country.
This is following the Buhari administration renewed interest and vigour to ensure that all concession projects are implemented and ready to operate in the country.
This development was made by Mallam Mustapha Zubairu, the Deputy Director, Public-Private Partnership, NSC, on Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Lagos.
He said that the Ibadan project was under negotiation and would very soon have a concessionaire, with approval for operation to commence, while he said that the Funtua project has gone far.
The Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) agreement was signed on May 16, 2006, between the Federal Government and the concessionaires to establish Inland dry ports, otherwise known as Inland Container Deports (ICD’s) or Containers Freight Stations (CFS).
The locations for the Inland Container Depot include Isiala Ngwa in Aba; Erunmu in Ibadan; Heipang in Jos; Zawachiki in Kano; Zamfarawa in Funtua; Jauri in Maiduguri and ICNL in Kaduna.
The port is meant to bring services to the doorsteps of shippers nationwide, while also decongesting the seaports, subsidizing the overall costs of cargo to the hinterland and other locations.