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The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) is now making efforts to partner with Eastern State Governments in the development of Truck Transit Park (TTP) for the growth of the nation’s maritime industry.
Executive Secretary of the Council, Barr. Hassan Bello made the call during a presentation at the annual lecture series of the Onitsha Chamber of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ONICCIMA) titled ‘The Perspective’ held in Onitsha, Anambra state.
Represented by the Director Inland Trade Services, Mr. Akintunde Makinde, he said the creation of employment opportunities and related socio-economic services, improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for state governments and also improve transit trade with land locked neighbouring countries.
In the presentation with theme: ‘sustenance of Nigeria’s Economic growth through port reforms: The Case of Onitsha Ports; Bello noted that TTP is instrumental to the development of the nation’s maritime industry.
According to him, “the Truck Transit Park, a modern state-of-the art facility situated off the busy highways is designed to provide temporary rest where truck drivers will conveniently park their vehicles in a healthy environment, get accommodation, fuel, food, rest rooms and even service their vehicles”.
“The NSC as Economic Port Regulator is to consult, coordinate, moderate, and harmonize the various processes and procedures with a view to achieving best practices he further added.
“We shall remain open, independent, neutral and consultative while all our decisions will be based on the buy-in of stakeholders at all times. I want to place on record the fact that NSC views the actualization of the Inland Dry Ports (IDP), Container Freight Station (CFS), Truck Transit Park (TTP), and the River Port projects as of paramount importance to the advancement of the economy of the South-East Zone.