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Nigeria to convert Shippers council to transport commission

The Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) has resolved to convert National Transport Commission (NTC), Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
Amaechi said that the National Assembly had passed the bill to give legal backing to the conversion and that the bill was awaiting presidential assent to become a law.
“When NTC is signed into law it will be capable of setting the transport sector on the path of positive development,’’ he said.
Amaechi said it would also create a multi-modal transport sector economic and safety oversight commission that would drive the national transport policy.
The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello said that plans were ongoing to commence building of Truck Transit Parks TTPs in Enugu and Kogi states.
Bello noted that TTP is privately driven, adding that NSC was working with the Federal Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to achieve that.
He said that plans were being concluded with ICRC and there would be expression of interest to the private sector to bid in the next two weeks.
The Enugu and Kogi state governments have already donated land to NSC for the projects.
“As soon as the biding is done, construction will take about 16 to complete the Truck Transit Parks in those two locations.
“There are others coming up, we have heard that there’s a tremendous response by international investors and many states have expressed interest to have TTPs.
“We need to have more transport infrastructures and the Federal Ministry of Transport is supporting this.”
Bello, who also spoke on dry ports in the country, said that the dry ports were established to avoid the mistakes of the seaports where there were congestions.
He said the council plans to operate 24 hours services so that goods can be cleared within 48 hours.
He added that the council was working with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other relevant agencies to make sure that everything takes effect.
“The success of dry port depends on rail connection. We need locomotives and NRC has promised to give us at least ten locomotives for Kaduna route, because there are cargos there.
“We need the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Kaduna State government to complete the access roads so that there won’t be challenges,” he said.