‘Erunmu port to take off soon’
Oyo State government has expressed its readiness to partner the Nigerian Shippers’ Council to ensure the smooth take-off of the Inland Dry Port at Erunmu. The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli, stated this during a meeting with the management of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victorial Island, Lagos. According to him, the state governor had mandated the Bureau for Investment Promotion, Public and Private Partnership to meet with the Nigerian Shippers Council to deliberate on the resuscitation and smooth take-off of the dry port, which will boost the economic status of the state. Alli affirmed that the present administration in the state was determined to resuscitate all moribund infrastructure and lay a solid foundation to reposition the state to an enviable status to attract investors. He also disclosed that the take-off of Erunmu Inland Dry Port in Ibadan would decongest Lagos Port, allow the importers and exporters to move their goods from the dry port to the south western zone, thereby creating employment opportunities in the state and boosting its internally generated revenue. He also noted that the port would make Oyo State a preferred destination for regional, national and international trade while investors could explore the natural resources in the state.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Mr Hassan Bello, applauded the visitation and pledged to share the dream of the renewal of Oyo State. He further expressed the readiness of the council to partner the state to ensure a smooth take-off of the Inland Dry Port which, he said, was long overdue. The state visitation team included the Head of the Bureau for Investment Promotion, Public and Private Partnership, Mrs Folakemi Akinleye; the executive secretary of the bureau, Mr Yinka Fatoki and Senior Special Adviser on Trade, Investment and Cooperative, Mr Tosin Ayoade.