The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has emphasised the need to partner with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in ensuring that transport facilities in the country are modernised for effective utilisation by investors,especially on Inland Container Depots (ICD) projects.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello and the Acting Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Chidi Izuwah
Speaking at a working visit by top officials of ICRC to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council yesterday in Lagos,Executive Secretary of the council, Barrister Hassan Bello stressed the need for government to link rails network with the ICD’s, adding that the agency is the coordinator of such connectivity.
Bello noted that both agencies of the government are partners in progress to the development of ports infrastructures, pointing out that transport sector play a dominant role in economic development.
The council’s boss further said that exportation of Nigerian products have been on the rise and it is important to note that there has been deficit in the transport sector which needs to be addressed.
On the need for infrastructure development in the country, the executive secretary reiterated that “ICRC should provide the framework for development of transport infrastructures, because transport drive the economy and it is important to have a modern system of transport in the country”
“Our partnership with ICRC is natural and we need to have one standard system of transport and we need guided partnership from them”
“What we are seeking is for Nigeria to have a world standard transport infrastructure which would drive the economy and trade facilitation”
Responding, Acting Director General, ICRC, Engr. Chidi Izuwa said that the commission is the body responsible for regulation of Public and Private Partnership (PPP) in providing infrastructures for investors in the transport sector of the country.
Izuwa said that the partnership between both agencies of government is in line with the council regulatory role on Inland Container Depots (ICD) projects and Truck Transit Park (TTP).
The Acting Chief Executive Officers added that building a deep seaport at the moment would take a longer period upon completion adding that the fastest ways to increase port facility is to build dry ports.
He noted that the synergy will address issues surrounding the smooth operations of the ICD and to protect private sector led investments.
“We are working with the council to ensure that in line with the change agenda of his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, we can bring in the private sector to provide this facilities”
According to him, the commission is to organise a capacity building programme for the directors of the council as part of effort to boost and grow the transport driven sub sector.
“It is important to work with the council as an economic regulator to protect key projects in the ports”, he added.