Promise failed: Bid for commissioning in May, Funtua dry port still under construction
The Funtua Inland Dry Port (Inland Container Depot) bid to be commissioned in May this year, five months down the line, it is yet to be commissioned as earlier promised by the Chairman of Equatorial Marine Oil and Gas Ltd, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab.
It could be recalled that we KATSINA POST Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, has said the Funtua Inland Dry Port under construction should be completed in May this year Daily Trust, reports.
Equatorial Marine Oil and Gas limited is the concessionaires to the Funtua Inland Dry Port.
According to a statement, Alh. Mutallab disclosed this at an inspection tour of the project by the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian ShippersCouncil (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello.
He said the facility and capacity to handle 10,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units, (TEUs), of containers at the first instance but can be upgraded to higher capacity later.
“The Funtua Inland Dry Port which is conceived tobe the largest in the country will be a port of origin and of final destination for goods, and so, it would provide the opportunity for the exportation of processed agricultural produce from neighbouring Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi States as well as landlocked countries like Niger and Chad to other countries of the world,” Mutallab said.
It will be recalled that the Funtua Inland Dry Port Project which is among the dry ports granted approval by the Federal Executive Council in 2006 was concessioned to Equatorial Marine Oil and Gas (EMOG) and is based on a tripartite arrangement involving the Federal Government (represented by the Nigerian Shippers Council), the Katsina State Government and EMOG.