By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—Despite the Federal High Court, Jos injunction restraining Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang and the Jos Metropolitan Development Board, JMDB, from demolishing structures at the site of Jos Inland Container Depot, ICD, Heipang, the duo went ahead with the action.
The demolished structures were at Heipang in Barkin Ladi Local Government Council of the state.
The Group General Manager, Duncan Group of Companies, which was the company managing the Depot, Dr. Godfrey Shitgurum lamented the situation in an interview with newsmen in Jos, yesterday.
Shitgurum explained that the court injunction was duly served on the JMDB and the Plateau State Ministry of Justice on Monday July 21, 2014.
He said that one Christiana Bot of JMDB and Hauwa Samuel of the state Ministry of Justice received copies of the injuction respectively.
His words: “It has become imperative for us at Duncan Maritime Ventures Limited to state our position following the destruction of our facilities at the Jos Inland Container Depot, Heipang by the Plateau State government through its agency, the JMDB.
“This is done with the view to putting the record straight and disabuse certain misconception. Since the inception of the Jos ICD project, transactions have been between Duncan Maritime and the Federal Government through the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Transport and had never had any direct contact with the Plateau State government.”
He, however, expressed surprise that “without any information from either the Ministry of Transport or the Nigerian Shipper’s Council, the JMDB moved into their site…and destroyed the company’s property.”
Shitgurum listed the destroyed property to include, the gate of the complex which was at 86 per cent completion and the administrative block, also at 45 per cent completion, as well as over 26,000 blocks, timber and several other items yet to be computed.
According to him, “the Federal Government’s idea of setting up the ICDs was to bring the facilities closer to the majority of Nigerians at the hinterland, as well as reduce the cost of clearing of goods, lower the prices of commodities, reduce unemployment rate as well as facilitate development in the benefiting states among others.’’