Sunday 27th March 2022
The Federal Government on Friday charged the Oyo State Government to participate in putting infrastructure in place for the inland dry port in Ibadan.
It also requested that the state should construct access roads to service the port and the train station in Moniya or relinquish the project to another state on the route.
if these issues were not fixed now for construction to commence, the pressure on Ibadan would be too much to handle when movement of cargoes from Apapa to Ibadan begins.
Amaechi said, “We are here to inspect the inland dry port and to make sure that Ibadan is ready before the commissioning of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line.
“There are issues of border, we had acquired the land, got Certificate of Ownership when the former governor was here, now they are denying us entry into the land. We had 90 acres of land, now we have access to only 40.”
He stated that in building the inland dry port, part of the regulation was that when the government acquires land and gives to the Federal Government, the state government would provide infrastructure.
“If we convert that infrastructure to equity, then Kaduna will be the first to ask us for equity, because they were the first to provide those infrastructure in Kaduna Dry Port,” he stated.
The minister added, “So many state governments have given us land to build inland dry ports and Oyo State will not be an exception. And we don’t expect that Oyo State will ask us to convert those constructions into equity.
“If you don’t want to crash Ibadan town, you need to build a road to link Moniya to the old Ibadan/Oyo road. The reason is, the moment we start trucking cargoes from Lagos to Moniya, even if the dry port was not there, you will have pressure in your city if there is no road to get them to exit from there.”
Responding, Makinde expressed the state’s interest to participate in the project and urged the minister not to move the project to Ogun State.
He said, “Most of the challenges mentioned, there’s non that cannot be resolved. We have completely reconstructed the Moniya to Iseyin road. We want the dry port to be able and ready to handle the headache from Apapa.
“You have my commitment and that of the state government to participate in this. Please don’t negotiate with Ogun. We want you to partner us on this and we will do everything to make sure the issues are resolved quickly.”