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Stakeholders fine-tune agenda for Funtua’s ICD

By Moses Ebosele
18 May 2016   |   1:10 am
The Katsina State government and relevant stakeholders are putting necessary structures in place to ensure successful take-off of Funtua Inland Container Depot (ICD).
Aminu Masari Bello, Katsina State Govercor

Aminu Masari Bello, Katsina State Govercor

The Katsina State government and relevant stakeholders are putting necessary structures in place to ensure successful rake-off of Funtua Inland Container Depot (ICD).

Already, warehouses are being remodeled to accommodate other functions such as existing and proposed railing.

Under the arrangement, the proposed phase one of the project is expected to accommodate 5, 432 containers while the proposed phase two is designed to accommodate 3,168 containers.

Also, the state government has completed a dualised access road to the location while 15 landowners have resolved to support the state government in the interest of all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Hassan Hassan Bello has expressed his commitment to ensure the success of the initiative.

Bello also challenged   stakeholders to put in place world class infrastructure, noting that   the time has come for Nigeria to give adequate priority to export.

According to Bello, export if adequately harnessed can create numerous jobs, generate revenue and improve the larger economy.

The NSC boss also advised firms, individuals and farmers along the Funtua axis and its environs to take advantage of the proposed initiative to lift economic growth on a sustainable basis.

Explaining further, Bello said: “It is important to know that the port are also targets for exports and it has come to that stage where Nigeria must export”

He said the state governments where ICDs are located should double their efforts to make sure that “this very important transport infrastructure becomes operational”.

He explained that the council was collaborating with Katsina State to fine tune strategies for the effective takeoff of   ICD in Funtua as well as a Truck Transit Park project at Jibiya.

Speaking recently when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, Bello said siting of the Inland Container Depot in Funtua was not accidental, adding that the untapped tremendous agricultural export potentials of Katsina State was a natural attraction.

He said the proposed ICD would provide stimulus to the economy of Katsina State and Nigeria at large: “It is believed that with a world class facility to be put in place by the concessionaires, Katsina State will be the northern hub in export consolidation and logistics”.

He added: “In addition, proximity to the neighbouring landlocked Niger Republic is another factor for the success of the Funtua Dry Port.

“The multiplier effect of this project in boosting economic activities, employment, internally generated revenue to the people and government of Katsina State and its environs cannot be overemphasized.”

“The Truck Transit Park project is a modern, state of the art and common user facility designed to provide temporary rest location where truck drivers can conveniently park their vehicles off the highway in a healthy environment.”