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With its eyes keenly focused on developing every infrastructure that will elevate Nigeria’s economy to an enviable level, do you know that the Buhari administration has concluded arrangements to finish 6 Dry Port projects whose contracts were awarded since 2006 but abandoned?
The projects will now be executed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), which was set up in 2021 by the Buhari administration to tackle the problems of infrastructure deficit in the country by identifying all abandoned federal projects and recommend them for execution.
The abandoned Inland Container Depots (ICD), which are also known as Dry Ports, that will be completed are the Ibadan Dry Port with 50,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs); the Isiala Ngwa Dry Port in Abia State with 50,000 TEUs; the Jos Dry Port in Plateau State with 20,000 TEUs.
Others include the Dala Dry Port in Kano State with 20,000 TEUs; the Funtua Dry Port in Katsina State with 10,000 TEUs, and the Maiduguri Dry Port in Borno State with 10,000 TEUs, which are all going to help in decongesting our seaports and airports in many ways.
While the decongestation of our ports is a big reason for the development of these Inland Container Depots, but the bigger gain will be the jobs and diverse business opportunities they will create for residents of the states in which they are being built. As such, the administration should be commended for reviving them.
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