OGERE, NIGERIA. Nigerian government agency, The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) in partnership with NNPC and NEXIM bank is set to construct Truck Transit Park,TTP with hotels and restaurants in Ogere, Ogun State, Nigeria, as part of government’s effort to decongest the ports. The project would be a staging point for port operations because of its proximity to Lagos.
Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr Hassan Bello while on spot assessment visit of earmarked piece of land in Ogere, said the Council will open up talks with the Ogun State government on the proposed project.
According to him, “this is just a trailer park. What we need is a Truck Transit Park (TTP) with hotels and accommodation purposes. A TTP should also have chain of restaurants and of course petrol stations. That is why we are currently talking to the investment section of the NNPC in partnership with the NEXIM bank to make them have interest in a standard TTP project.
This place in Ogere that I have seen today is good, but not yet in tune with a standard TTP specification; but it can be upgraded to make it fit into what we think. We will have to talk with the Ogun State government to see what arrangement can be made to make it fit into what we want.”
Photo: Containers In Port
Mr Bello said the Council would have to involve the private sector through Private Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement to allow the Truck Transit Parks work as planned.
Due to lack of a Truck Transit Park at the nation’s seaports, many of the ports access roads have been turned into a parking lot by trucks entering and exiting the ports in Lagos. This has rendered the Apapa and Tin-Can ports to perform below capacity, as access to the ports have become chaotic.