FCTA, Shippers Council partner on $150m dry port, truck terminal
Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Nigerian Shippers Council are to establish a dry port and truck transit terminal valued at over $150 million.
This, according to both parties, is a response to the cardinal role the city plays as a national capital and its rising profile as a commercial hub.
The partnership is the outcome of a working visit by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Barr. Hassan Bello, to the FCT minister, Muhammad Bello.
Speaking on the development, the minister stated that the Abuja Master Plan envisaged a dry port and truck transit terminals in the territory, noting that the current growth and development being experienced in the FCT was indicative that Abuja is ripe for all the necessary complements of a mega city.
He announced that a joint team would be constituted to work out the modalities for the implementation of the projects.
Bello informed his guests that the Idu Station is Abuja’s transportation hub, ensuring connectivity by road, air and rail linking Eastern, Northern and Western lines, while revealing that there is also a spur rail line from Minna in Niger state, to Abuja, envisaged to connect to the Baru Port.
He urged the management of the council to factor these provisions in the project and investment plan.
This also includes the Dei Dei International Cattle Market, which Bello described as, “a massive centre for the trans-shipment of cattle, fruits and vegetables”, saying the place is also ripe for development.
He commended the FCT Administration for the successful completion of the Abuja Light Rail project as well as the various land mark accomplishment in the area of infrastructure, saying, “The execution of the Light Rail is a source of pride to all of us as well as the various road infrastructure you have completed. It has eased movement in the city and it is a potent evident that you are working.”
Abuja, he noted, is fast becoming a solid economic centre, while hoping that it would have its own port of destination and origin.