By YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos
Governor of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has indicated his administration’s readiness to support the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) to establish an Inland Container Depot and a Truck Transit Terminal, which would facilitate diversity in economic activities.
This was at the Edo State Government House in Benin City where he received the management of Nigerian Shippers Council recently. Leading the NSC delegation was Hassan Bello, who revealed that the purpose of the visit was to inform the governor of their intention to establish an Inland Container Depot and a Truck Transit Terminal, while seeking the state government’s collaboration.
He added that these projects would open up economic possibilities as well as create more jobs for residents in the state, noting that Governor Obaseki, as host, would provide land, building permits, provision of amenities, security and immediately constitute the state Inland Container Deport implementation Committee.
Continuing, Bello explained that the proposed Inland Container Depot in Edo State would help decongest Lagos Port and stimulate economic activities in the state, as port would have all the trappings of a seaport while the customs would own it and duties would be paid with full economic participation.
A statement explained that Obaseki assured the group of his government’s support, especially as both parties had the same aim of creating more jobs. “We have made promises to our people and those promises will certainly be kept. Our focus as a government is not on what we say; the emphasis is on execution. We decide what we want to do, draw up a timeline for it and put responsible people to monitor the success”.
Meanwhile, he continued that power would not be a problem as uninterrupted power supply was being developed for industrial parts of the State.
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