The company is the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited and the project will cost N43.24bn.
A statement by the Head of Public Relations, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Mrs Rakiya Zubairu had indicated that the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited emerged the preferred bidder for the construction of the 80,000 TEU capacity dry port on the basis of Public-Private Partnership.
She said the NSC would be the guarantor to the concession of the project.
She added that the facility would be designated as port of destination where cargo would be consolidated for import and export, especially in the Southwest.
The statement read in part, “Among other uses, the dry port will provide a competitive cargo sorting centre, bulk breaking as well as cargo-tracking and truck management services.
“The Lagos-Kano standard gauge railway currently under construction is aligned to the proposed dry port, making it easy to convey cargo from the seaports in Lagos and to all destinations along the route.
“The negotiations emphasised the utilisation of local content at each stage of development and operation of the facility.”
Zubairu said an updated ‘Full Business Case Compliance report’ would be produced at the end of the ongoing negotiations.
‘Thereafter, a draft agreement would be presented to the Federal Ministry of Justice and sent to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, for vetting, after which the Minister of Transportation would present the agreement to the Federal Executive Council, “she added.
She said that the concessionaire would then be taken to the site for sod-turning and immediate commencement of construction with a completion timeline of 12 months.
She said, “The negotiation was moderated by the Federal Ministry of Transportation led by the acting Permanent Secretary and the Director, Maritime Services, Auwalu Suleiman.
“The Director-General of ICRC, Mr Chidi Izuwa. Amb. Jummai Katagum, who represented the Federal Ministry of Finance was also part of the 4-day negotiation.
“Also present, was Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, Secretary to Government of Oyo State and the preferred bidder CRCC was led by Deputy Managing Director, Jacques Liao.”
She said that NSC Executive Secretary, Hassan Bello, expressed satisfaction with the proceedings as all parties expressed firm commitment to the actualisation of the project.
The project, which has now been relocated from Ibadan-Iwo Road to Akinyele area of the capital city, is aimed at decongesting Lagos ports.