The four dry ports inÂ the country are to be ready for operations in the next 30 months, the Nigerian Shippersâ€™â€™ Council (NSC) said in a statement on Tuesday in Lagos.
The NSC Assistant Director, Public Relations, Ignatius Nweke, said that as a prelude to this, the council would mobilise the concessionaires of the dry ports to their various sites to commence work.
The sites are located at Ibadan, Oyo state; Isiala-Ngwa, Abia state; Heipang-Jos, Plateau state; and Zawachiki, Kano state. In 2006, six companies emerged as the winners of the ICDs and Container Freight Stations (CFS) after a bidding process.
The companies are Catamaran Logistics Ltd; East Gate Inland Container Terminal Ltd; Duncan Maritime Services Ltd; Dala Inland Dry Port; Equatorial Marine; and MIGFO Nigeria Ltd.The NSC spokesman said that concessionaires were expected to put in place all the necessary structures for smooth and effective operations of the ICDs.
He said that while arrangements had been concluded to mobililise the four concessionaires of the ICDs to sites, those of the freight stations in Katsina and Maiduguri would soon commence the development of their sites.Nweke said that the concessionaires would ensure that the structures were in line with the structures approved by the Shippersâ€™â€™ Council for the supervising consultants.
The consultants are: A-kan Nigeria Ltd; Design Height Consultants; Suenco Engineering Ltd; and Allied Associates Ltd.Following complaints by importers and exporters in the hinterland, the NSC initiated the processes of establishing the ICDs and CFS in 2006 to ease trade transactions within the country.