Kogi state government today said it would set up implementation committee to ensure the success of the Lokoja Truck Transit Park initiated by the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) on Public Private Partnership agreement.
It would be recalled that the state government recently granted the Shippers Council Statutory Rights of Occupancy and allocated to it the land for the Lokoja TTP Project at Ohono village.
But speaking at the courtesy call of the NSC executive on the state Governor in Lokoja today, the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello said the Truck Park, when established would boost the economic activities of the state and create more employment opportunities for the youth.
The Governor who was represented at the occasion by his Deputy, Elder Simon Achuba further said the initiative would also control traffic and reduce road accident associated with over loading and congestions on the road.
He said the visit of the leadership of the NSC just after the State Economic Summit was an indication that the Summit which drew many investors from far and near to the state is beginning to yield results.
The Governor said the state is suitable for the Truck Transit Park, assuring that his administration would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the project succeeds in the state.
In his address, the Executive Secretary of the NSC, Mr. Hassan Bello said since the allocation of the land for the TTP project at Ohono village by the state government, the council hard taken concrete actions to actualise the project.
He said as part of the actions to actualise the project, the council hard organised a National Summit on the Establishment, Operation and Management of TTP in Nigeria and a Breakfast Meeting for potential Investors, Lenders and Financial Institutions in the country.
The Executive Secretary further informed that a transaction adviser hard been procured for the project and have since commenced work in earnest. He said by the agreed work plan, the project would reach commercial closure by the fourth quarter of the year.
He said the clearing work of the land has been concluded and leveling and marking has commenced, maintaining that the council was in action to make the project attractive to reassure potential Investors about the commitment of the state government.
The NSC boss reiterated the importance of carrying all stakeholders, particularly the state government and the host community along at every stage of the project while requesting the state government to constitute and inaugurate a TTP implementation committee to drive the project.
He further requested the state government to appoint representatives to the Project Delivery Team (PTD) and Project Steering Committee even as he urged the government to expedite action on addressing the compensation and other matters to ensure that the Truck Park project is delivered on time.
on his part, the state commissioner for Transportation, Mohammed Ahwal, appreciated the commitment of the council to the project, stating that the project, when fully executed would increase the wealth of the state.