Oyo expresses satisfaction with Dry Port and rail project

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan 

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The Oyo State government has described as satisfactory, the spate of work at the Ibadan Inland Dry Port at the Akinyele Local Government Area in Ibadan and the on-going construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway track.

The Director-General, Oyo State Investment and Public-Private Partnership Agency, Honourable Segun Ogunwuyi, made this assertion when he embarked on an inspection of the two projects on Thursday.

Ogunwuyi, alongside officials of the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) and the Railway Corporation of Nigeria, took a ride on the standard rail from Ibadan to Lagos to ascertain the level of work done, after which the team visited the Inland Dry Port at Akinyele.

 “We have taken a train trip to see the level of work done towards Lagos and back, we moved to the Ibadan Inland Dry Port as well and I can say the level of work done is satisfactory,” he said.

The Director-General noted that the two projects would positively affect economic activities and standard of living of the people of Oyo State, as the projects would provide job opportunities for the youths, while the rail transport would ensure easy movement of people and goods at a cheap cost.

  “These two projects are commendable as they are going to have a lasting positive effect on our people. You can imagine the number of people that will be directly and indirectly engaged in the activities of the Inland Dry Port and the consequential economic impact,” he said.

Ogunwuyi said that rail transport, being the cheapest, would afford people to move to and from Lagos at less cost, while goods would be transported with ease, as cargo rail would be there to haul goods.

“Look also at the relief that will be there for the roads that have been overburdened by movement of heavy trucks and thereby make the roads quickly get spoilt,” he said.

Honourable Ogunwuyi reiterated that Oyo State would continue to nurse the good relationship between the State and the Nigeria Shippers’ Council so as to achieve the desired economic transformation, targeted by the Seyi Makinde administration.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim