|Hon. Dapo Lam Adesina at the session|
The Honourable Member representing Ibadan North East/South East Federal Constituency at the 8th National Assembly; Hon Adedapo Lam-Adesina has supported the motion for the commencement of operation at Ibadan Dry Port which has been completed since 2014 but still not operational.
This happened on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday Wednesday 2nd March,2016 when the Lawmaker seconded a motion, sponsored by one of his colleagues.
Hon. Dapo Lam-Adesina aligned with the motion that commencement of operation at the Ibadan Dry Port will create employment opportunities for Youth, attract investors, improve economic activities in Oyo State and even boost revenue of surrounding States like Osun, Ogun and Kwara.
The House of Representatives mandated the Committees on Ports, Harbours and Waterways and Industry to liaise with the officials of the Ministries of Commerce and Industry with a view to determining the current status of the project and facilitate its commencement of operation while urging the necessary authorities to provide adequate security for the buildings and other infrastructure in the Ibadan Dry Port, Erunmu, Egbeda Local Government Area of Oyo State to prevent their vandalisation.
It will be recalled that the Oyo State Shippers’ Association in 2014 indicated that that the first phase of Ibadan Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Erunmu is ready for inauguration. The president of the association, Dr Ayo Omotoso, has made it known that the concessionaire, Catamaran Logistics Ltd, would move into the ICD with their foreign partners after the inauguration.
In 2006, the Federal Government, granted approval for the establishment of six inland container depots and container freight stations across the country. The ICD project was conceived by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as a solution to the problem of port congestion. The Ibadan inland container depot has capacity for 50,000 containers.