Govt plans 45-storey inter-modal transport complex for Lagos



THE Federal Government, in collaboration with a Dubai-based firm, is to construct a 45-story intermodal transport office complex in Lagos State under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

The structure expected to host six modern jetties, train station, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), shopping mall, car park, among others, is to be located at the CMS jetty, besides the Bus Stop.

Acting Managing Director of NIWA, Danlandi Ibrahim, explained yesterday in Lagos that a rail line is to be connected to the complex while 10 floors would be dedicated strictly for parking.

Though he did not give more details of the proposed project, especially time of completion, he explained that the move forms part of the Federal Government’s plan to encourage more Nigerians to use waterways as an alternative means of transportation.
Danlandi, who confirmed huge increase in the number of commuters travelling to Apapa by ferry said plans have reached advance stage to concession Onitsha and other ports in the country.

He said: “I strongly hold the view that we can do more to develop our waterways and make it more viable. There is tremendous opportunity in our waterways transportation system, especially bulk movement of cargoes on the waterways.

“I also believe the tourism potentials on our waterways are great and should be exploited not only as a platform to encourage leisure activities for Nigerians and tourists from other countries, it could also boost the internally generated revenue to the Authority and the nation.”

He disclosed that the dredging of River Niger has been completed, adding that “Quite a number of River ports and Jetties are undergoing construction nationwide. These are potential areas we can use to develop our waterways, especially seeking the partnership of the private sector in the operations and management of the waterways resources.”

Danlandi also cautioned commuters to abide strictly by laid down safety code, pointing out that the Authority is poised to play its role in achieving seamless intermodal transport system “that will make use of the roads and railway network as well as the aviation sub-sector.”

A stakeholders conference put together by the agency recently had urged the Federal Government to come up with legal and administrative frameworks that will help bring to light the enabling environment that will encourage businesses to thrive at the Onitsha River Port and Baro Port in Niger State.

The conference also, among others:

• commended the Federal Government for the huge investment expended on the dredging of the Lower River Niger and the successful completion of the Onitsha River port to facilitate inter-modal transport system for evacuation of both cargoes and passengers in view of the economic advantages;

· Urged the Federal Government to guarantee safety through an effective round-the-clock patrol by joint military personnel and application of other safety measures to safeguard lives and property; and

·Recommended that the Federal Government come up with legal and administrative frame work that will help bring to light the enabling environment that will encourage businesses to thrive at the Onitsha River Port;

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