By Godwin Oritse
THEÂ Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) has concluded plans to construct its proposed Truck Terminal Project at Ijora, Lagos.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos recently, AMATO Chairman Chief Remi Ogungbemi said that against all odds, AMATO has moved to the project site, withÂ earthmoving equipment to level and sand filling .
Ogungbemi disclosed the group is making franticÂ moves to get a portion of the land ready to accommodate trucks to be evacuated from Tin-Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC), as a result of on-going rehabilitation works on the stretch of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
He also said that the association is working very hard with the Lagos state government to help it realise its dream of making Lagos a Mega city. â€œOur vision is how we can be in line with policies of the present state government, which is working hard to turn the state into a mega city.Â And a mega city is a place where trucks will not be allowed to park indiscriminately.
â€œSo, that is why we have been working hand-in-hand with the authorities to ensure that there is a dedicated place where we park our trucks.
And our plan is to get a place like this that can accommodate minimum of 3,000 trucks land with a maximum of about 4,000 or thereabout.Â That is exactly what we want to doâ€.he added.
On how long the group has been the project, the Transporter said the group has been working on the constriction of the park in the last three years adding that but for government bureaucracy the work on the terminal should have gone beyond what it is now.
He said â€œWe have built the model that will show the prototype, how the terminal will look like and many other things.
â€œHowever, we are still waiting for the ownership of the place, so that we can get the title.Â The banks have waiting for the title before they can come into help financeÂ the project.
On the Federal Governmentâ€™s involvement, Ogungbemi said â€œthe project today is for public interest, you know.
â€œThe public interest supercedes any individual interest.Â So, both the State Government and Federal Government, and even, the Local Government have been well_informed.
â€œAnd I want to tell you that particularly the State Government, because of the Decree of 1978 that give the land to the state, the Land Use Decree, which says the land belongs to the state.
â€œSo that is why the state should not be ruled out in a project like this, because it involves land, So we are expecting the state to give us the land as its own equity contribution to the project.