By Godwin Oritse
THE Executive Secretary and Chief Executive officer of the Nigerian Shippersâ€™ Council (NSC), Captain Adamu Biu. hasÂ blamed state governmentsâ€™ lack of commitmentÂ for the delay in the commencement of Inland Container Depots (ICDs)
Biu disclosed thisÂ at the Nigerian Maritime Ports and Terminal Expo and ConferenceÂ recently in LagosÂ said the dry ports would have become functional if only the various state governments had embraced the various concessionaires.
Biu paper which was titled â€œChallenges and Prospects of Dry Port Projection in Nigerian The first challenge of the project implementation is that the conception and gestation was in 1989 and up till 2009, states governmentsÂ are still grappling with he necessary applications, documentation and approvals from various related agencies, whose statutory functions touch on the establishment/operation of the Dry Ports.
â€œSome state governments have not fully embracedÂ the project itself resulting in the Councilâ€™s aggressive and continuous follow-up with the state governments on compensation or the concessionairesÂ to allow for equity participationâ€. He added.
Listing the benefits of dry port to the Nigerian economy, Biu said they include: relieving the congested traditional ports of entry, recognition as an international trade processing location where shipment can be consigned to the site from any port of loading, and enhancing corridor efficiency modes by shifting freight volumes from roads to more energy efficient modes that are less harmful to the environment.
Other benefits of dry portsÂ according to the Shippersâ€™ Council bossÂ are facilitating the value added services thought feeder companies to the project, enhancing trade competitiveness, creating local employment and enhancing local and regional development and reducing both public and private cost. Speaking at the event in a welcome address,Â Managing Director of FCI international, organisers of the event, Mr. Fortune Idu said that NIMPORT present the platform for industry leaders around the world to gather to address pressing issues of, energy cost, logistics and shipping, ports infrastructure, development, human capital optimization, customs reform, inland terminal and waterway development security and safety, project funding, economic integration and diversification, training and professionalism.