The Nigeria Shippers Council has called for the partnership of the Federal Capital Territory in building a $100 million Truck Transit Park in the nation’s capital. Executive secretary of the Nigeria Shippers Council, Hassan Bello, stated this while addressing the FCT minister, Mohammed Bello. According to the ES, “the park will have hotels or hostels; gas stations, mechanic village, restaurants; all the modern facilities so that a truck cannot park on the shores of the highway. “We are working with Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and other enforcement agencies to make sure that these are the only places where these articulated vehicles or even your private vehicles could park.
“This is what is done and transport facilities must be modern. We have a big gap in infrastructure and we have to start doing that. Besides, there are protocols for drivers who cannot drive for more than eight hours especially those pulling cargo or transferring cargo from one place to other.” Bello further stated that “these parks will also generate employments and bring a lot of succor, re-humanize our drivers and stop the degradation of the environments. We are talking with investors who are willing to invest.” Recall that the infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC had presented Outline Business Case Compliance Certificate for the Concession of Truck Transit Park, (TTP) in Obollor-Afor, Enugu state.
These are meant to complement the Ore Sunshine City in Ondo State and the ones being processed by the Kaduna State Government at Mararaban Jos, Buruku and Tapa on the Kaduna-Abuja highway. Meanwhile, the Shippers Council boss also called for the construction of Dry Inland port in the FCT, noting that this would easy the movement of goods within the capital and other neighbouring states. While reacting, the minister pledged total support for the construction of the TTP and the dry inland port, noting that the FCT was already constructing bus terminal, with similar facilities like the TTP. He also urged the Shippers Council to nominate some members for proper meeting with his director to sort out the gray areas.
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