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FG to establish $8.5m truck transit park in Enugu state

FG to establish $8.5m truck transit park in Enugu state

- The federal government has unveiled plans to establish Truck Transit Park in Enugu

- The project, according to the government, would create over 3,154 jobs when completed

- It is expected to be completed within two years

The federal government, through the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), has disclosed plans to establish Truck Transit Park (TTP) in Ogbulafor, Enugu state, at an estimated cost of $8.5million.

The executive secretary, NSC, Hassan Bello, said that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project would create over 3,154 jobs when completed.

Bello stated this receiving the Outline Business Case (OBC) at the Infrastructure Concessioning Regulatory Commission (ICRC), in Abuja, The Guardian reports.

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He said that the Enugu state government had provided 16.1 hectares for the construction of the TTP, adding that once the preferred bidder emerges, and approved by the Federal Executive Council, construction work would commence. gathered that the project is expected to be completed within two years.

Bello further explains that the project would be private sector-led, while the government would provide the necessary enabling environment for the private sector to recoup their investment.

He said the TTP was processed through the Economic, Recovery, Growth Plan (ERGP) focus labs, adding that of the 160 projects processed through the lab, the TTP accounted for seven, and rated 4-star on the scale of 1-5.

He said the Truck Park would be intermodal, integrated, and modern, and constructed in such a way that it would be interconnected with the train stations and Inland Container Dry Port.

The NSC secretary, however, said the government is yet to fix the timeframe for the concession period, but promised it would be reasonable enough to give investors comfort, enable them to recover their investment and also make profits.

He further said the OBC for the Lokoja Truck Transit Park would be submitted to ICRC in the next two weeks.

He maintained that the TTP would be electronically driven, and companies would be invited to provide recreation services, banks, and maintenance services among others.

Also commenting, the acting director general of ICRC, Chidi Izuah, noted that more than 90% of road crashes in Nigeria are caused by trucks, so transportation is key to economic performance.

He decried that Nigeria does not have any truck park facility, a development that has created a huge menace on the federal roads which are the nation’s economic arteries, thereby creating severe problems on the economy.

He advised that the modern TTP should have a parking bay, way bridges, hotels, restaurants, gas station, kiosks, mechanic spares, mini fire station, sickbay, security, and cargo tracking facilities.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, said that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) deserve re-election in the 2019 general elections.

The activist turned politician stated this while interacting with newsmen who visited him to mark the Salah celebration at his Kaduna residence.

Sani reportedly said that in spite of the challenges bedevilling the nation, the performance of the present administration under the leadership of President Buhari has done more for the good of the nation considering the challenges he has to deal with.

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