Jos dry port to be completed in 2022
*NSC to build N15bn international resource centre
Facts have emerged that the Jos Dry Port will be revitalised and energised, with the hope of completion by the first quarter of 2022.
This is coming as the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, lauded the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) for its North Central coordinating office complex in Jos, Plateau State, saying it would boost employment, investment and international trade.
Speaking at the official commissioning of the complex, Amaechi said the Federal Ministry of Transportation through the NSC highlights the benefits of the maritime sector as the best alternative for economic diversification.
He said the strategic location of the North Central coordinating office is to ensure delivery of the council’s services in the region, noting that the transportation sector has the potential for employment, investment and growth of the nation’s international trade.
Amaechi pointed that with the support of the ministry of transportation, the council is facilitating the development of Inland Dry Ports such as the Dry Port at Heipang, Jos.
Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, NSC, Hassan Bello, said the office was dedicated to the upliftment of international trade shipping and transportation.
He recalled that the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, paid a visit to the NSC office to discuss the development of the Jos dry port, which he said would benefit from the new office complex.
Bello said Lalong believes that the Jos dry port is an economic investment and a catalyst for employment, as well as an avenue to place the state on the global map of export.
He said the outcome of the discussions, which were sometimes presided over by the Minister of Transportation, is that the Jos Dry Port will be revitalised and energised, with the hope of completion by the first quarter of 2022.
The NSC boss also disclosed that the council has a dream of building an international resource centre, which will cost ₦15 billion in Jos.
He said the centre would be a massive but magnificent monument that will include a five-star hotel, shopping mall, restaurant, multipurpose halls, conference centre with a capacity of 2,500 people.