By Osaigbovo Iguobaro Benin
The federal government has held consultation meeting with elders of host communities at the proposed inland dry ports/vehicle transit parks in Edo state.
The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Shippers Council, Mr. Hassan Bello who led the federal government delegation to the state, also inspected the 50 hectares of land donated by the Oba of Aviele Clan on Tuesday afternoon.
According to him, “the issue is about employment for our people. And we are working with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the National Union of Road Transport workers (NUTRW) and other relevant bodies”.
Members of Edo state Implementation Committee on Inland Dry Ports/Vehicles Transit Parks, led by the Chairman, Engr. Charles Akhigbe had earlier paid a working visit to the palace of Oba Aviele where he spoke on mutual benefits of the project.
The Committee was set up by the state governor, Godwin Obaseki last year.
Akhigbe said the proposed inland dry Ports/vehicle transit Parks in Edo state could generate between 3000 to 5000 direct jobs and bring about organised Commerce upon completion.
He explained that the Federal government has agreed to provide investors who will build, operate and transfer after necessary studies including an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) have been carried out on the land.
He assured that leaders of the host Communities would be carried along in all its undertaken, adding that the project will not be abandoned.
Prince Lateef Momoh who spoke on behalf of the Oba of Aviele, Alhaji San Momodu, said elders of Aviele has reserved an additional 50 hectares of land for possible expansion.
Momoh pledged the Communities support for the initiative, but advised the Federal and Edo state governments not to allow the project go the same way of Agbede mini stadium which had become a shadow of itself.
Addressing elders of Utekon Community in Ovia North East Local Government, the state Chairman implementation Committee on Inland dry Ports/vehicles transit Parks, Engr. Charles Akhigbe, said the state was yet to derive its benefits from over 6 trillion tonnes of export goods pass through the various highways daily.
“Apart from the economic benefits, the Parks would rid the various highway routes of menace of haulage which has impacted on our roads negatively”, he vowed.
Responding on behalf of the host Communities, Pa Iserienrien Ogiemwonyi, the village head of Utekon, said the Community would carry out necessary consultations with other elders in the Community regarding the 25 hectares of land allocated for the project and pledged his support.