The President, Oyo State and South West Shippers Association, Dr. Ayo Omotosho has stated that the Ibadan Inland Container Depot (ICD) would be operational by May 2011.
Omotosho who stated this in Ibadan recently in a stakeholders meeting, said that some structures on the site including stacking bays and the building to accommodate customs officers and other government agencies meant to work at the container depot were ready. Also that the rail line connecting Lagos to Ibadan is fast undergoing rehabilitation.
He however, reiterated that the major challenge facing the project is the need to construct the side line to link Ibadan with the ICD depot in Erunmu, a suburb of Ibadan.
According to him, the project is very dear to the heart of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and the state Commissioner for Commerce and Co-operatives, Dr. Kola Balogun.
He said that the concessionaire, Catamaran Logistics Limited was also working toward ensuring that operations at the ICD site commenced by May 2011, adding that the project would provide more jobs for the people of Oyo State in particular and the nation at large, especially in terms of revenues to local, state and federal governments.
Other ICD sites are in Jos, Kano and Isiala-Ngwa in Abia Sate. While Container Freight Stations (CFS) are in Maiduguri, Borno State and Funtua, Katsina State.
The respective concessionaires of the ICDs would operate for between 25 to 30 years and then transfer the structures to governments.
It was gathered that recently a meeting aimed at early completion of the Ibadan ICD project was held and in attendance were representatives of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the State Shippers’ Association, the Ibadan Chamber of Commerce, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Others at the meeting were representatives of Catamaran Logistics Limited and Erunmu community. The meeting was presided over by the Oyo State Commissioner for Commerce and Cooperatives. It would be recalled that the Oyo State government had not been very committed to the project before now, not until recently.