Shippers Council, Ondo, mull more truck parks in Ore
To maximally utilise the non-oil sector in the nation, the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), and the Ondo State Government are considering the possibilities of constructing more truck parks in Ore to boost port activities in the state.
In addition to leveraging economic growth and development through available human and natural resources, the Council suggested that such ‘Truck Transit Pack’ can be executed through Public Private Partnership (PPP), with modern infrastructure and facilities to meet the traffic demands in Ore.
The South West Coordinator of the Council, Rotimi Anifowose, said this, when he led a regional delegation to the state ministries of Transport; Commerce, Industry and Cooperative in Akure the state capital recently.
“We must work with and take care of every stakeholder to ensure that international trade is facilitated and done in a seamless manner in Nigeria to ensure massive economic development in all ramifications,” he said.
He also identified the ‘Truck Transit Pack’ established in the Sunshine City Pack, Ore, Odigbo LGA, and the seaport potential in the state, as catalysts for rapid economic and industrial growth.
Anifowose noted that Federal Government’s priority is now on the non-oil sector, which requires urgent need for good transportation facility and commercial practices in line with global world practices.
For facilitating trades among the stakeholders, he disclosed that the Ministry of Commerce is very pivotal to the accomplishment of the statutory goals and responsibilities of the Shippers’ Council.”
He explained that in February 2014, Government expanded the scope of the Council, and designated it as the economic regulator of the nation’s ports.
“The Council, which had hitherto been taking care of cargo owners, became saddled with the responsibility of creating a level playing field for all stakeholders using the nation’s ports.
“The nation’s ports are not limited to the seaports because there are inland dry ports, airports, and even the railways that are connected to IDPs are still part of our responsibilities.”
The Coordinator, who said the Council addresses the imbalance between the providers of social services and users, noted that the state has ample exportable agro-products, and road linkage that can be utilised to boost trade and commerce.
The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperative, Timilehin Adelegbe, declared that the government led by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, is committed to developing the state as the commercial hub of the nation.
According to him, the recent launching of the Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), would ease the bottlenecks confronting investors, promote trade and commerce.
“This is the state that is largely endowed with natural resources. Ondo State should be the hub of exportation. In the next few years, the state will be the most industrialised state in the country,” he said.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Tobi Ogunleye, added that the deep sea project, and the Alape Inland Port are top prioritised, adding that National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), had begun the project.
In addition, he said the state had also keyed into the 700-metre Alape access route to link the port, as demanded by the Federal Government to expedite the seaport projects.
He also said the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to construct a 50km road from Ondo to Lagos, will ease the burdens on transportation.
He asserted that transportation is germane to all products, while the Akodo/Ibeju-Lekki/Araromi/Ilaje coastal road in Ilaje LGA of the state is estimated to be less than 40 minutes drive to link Lagos.
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