Oyo Govt, FG to Resolve Bottlenecks Delaying Take-off of Ibadan Inland Dry Port
The Oyo State Government and the Federal Government have reached an agreement to resolve all issues delaying the take-off of the Ibadan Inland Dry Port.
The agreement was finalized on Friday when Governor Makinde and the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi jointly inspected the location of the Dry Port and the Moniya Terminal of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line.
Speaking at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan after the inspection, Gov Makinde stated that the State wanted the Dry Port to start operation almost immediately, adding that the government would do all that is necessary to ensure the bottlenecks are resolved.
The governor said that he was aware of most of the issues affecting the take-off of the project and gave the commitment that all issues would be amicably resolved as he said steps would be taken to reinforce the synergy between the state government and the Federal government on the project.
On Infrastructure around the Dry Port corridor, Makinde said that his government had completely reconstructed the Moniya – Iseyin road, which linked the Inland Dry Port (IDP).
He said: “We are thinking of a very solid infrastructure that will ensure that the headache at Apapa in Lagos doesn’t happen here, we will be able to handle it very well and plan ahead in this place; that is the scheme and scope of infrastructure we are thinking about.”
“For us, the whole area, the IDP, the rail corridor and the few acquisitions that will be done around that place; we think that should be our new world, a new business district for us.”
“If what we are putting in place are not going to fit into the plan of the Inland Dry Port, we can always look at other areas for us to execute the same plan.”
On the plan by the state to have Equity in the project, Makinde stated that it was to ease Port operations.
He said: “We feel that irrespective of who is in government, it’s better for the state to play a part in the project. So Oyo state is pushing to have 15 per cent equity in the dry port and industrial park, we believe that will help the project in the future.
“We think that model is actually good for the Federal Government and the project promoters as well. Because, further down the line, when there are challenges, such challenges can be quickly resolved if the state government is participating in the project.”
Makinde assured the Minister of his commitment and said that the state government would do everything to ensure that the IDP project becomes a reality.
The Minister, while speaking during the courtesy visit said that the Federal Government plans to inaugurate the Lagos/Ibadan rail project in June.
Amaechi said his visit to Ibadan was to intimate the governor on issues as regards the early commencement of the IDP project.
The Minister, who said Ibadan had been selected for the project before the Buhari administration came into power, said that the present Federal Government wanted to start the project and complete it before the end of its tenure in 2023.
He, however, noted that FG was having issues in securing the 90 hectares of land granted by the state government for the project, saying that only 40 hectares of land have been released.
He said his Ministry had complained to the state government because the preferred bidders needed to do construction design but was impossible because the entire land for the project has not been secured.
He further stated that “part of the regulations is that when state government acquire land and give to FG for IDP project, the state government will provide infrastructure.”
He therefore implored the state government, as part of the infrastructure, to construct a link road that will link the IDP with the Ibadan-Oyo road.
On the 15 per cent equity requested by the Oyo state government, the Minister said the government has “to pay money for equity participation in the project.
“If Oyo state wants 15 per cent equity in the project, then it has to contribute,” he said.
He, however, clarified that the donation of land for the project and provision of Infrastructures, such as roads and others, cannot be converted to equity.
The Minister posited that construction work on the site would commence once the Federal Executive Council gives approval and the state plays its part.