By Roland Ekama
Equatorial Marine Oil and Gas Limited, concessionaire to the Funtua Inland Dry Port (FID), has disclosed that the container freight station will be ready to begin operations in May 2018.
Chairman of the company, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab disclosed this in Lagos.
Mutallab said construction of the site is nearing completion.
The chairman affirmed that the facility has the capacity to handle 10,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of boxes at the first instance, adding that the figure would be upgraded to higher capacity in the future.
Meanwhile, the Jos Inland Container Depot, one of the seven depots concessioned by the Federal Government, is almost at its completion stage.
The Plateau State based freight station being developed under a 25-year concession to Duncan Maritime Ventures Ltd, headed by Dr. Godfrey Shitgurum, a seasoned freight and logistics expert.
Although the project is being executed under the auspices of Federal Government, the Plateau State Government donated 33.4 hectares of land as its equity contribution to the project.
The land donation enabled Duncan Maritime Ventures Ltd. to forge ahead with the Phase 1 of the development which comprises the building of facilities which, when completed, will be for the handling of 20,000 TEUs of container.
The Jos ICD is the largest among the seven freight stations approved by the Federal Government.
It is recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, on January 4, 2018 commissioned the Kaduna Dry Port (KDP) making it the first dry port that commenced operations in all the approved inland ports across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.