Toward boosting trade and investment in the Southeast, Inland Containers Nigeria Limited (ICNL) and the Southeast Amalgamated Market Traders` Association (SEAMATA) past week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly promote and develop a world class bonded terminal in Anambra State.
This was contained in a press statement by ICNL. It noted that the project would accelerate the rapid industrialization of the southeastern part of the country and is also expected to massively decongest the ports in Lagos.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Abuja the Chairman of ICNL, Mr. Temitope Borishade said the project was conceived as a result of the company`s quest to decongest the ports in Lagos and facilitate seamless door-to-door delivery of cargo to the importers and exporters in the southeast.
“The project was conceived as a result of the company`s quest to decongest the ports in Lagos and facilitate seamless door-to-door delivery of cargo to the importers and exporters in the southeast. The terminal will be fully equipped with modern state of the art terminal handling equipment comparable to the best terminals in Europe and other parts of the world,” said Aborishade.
The Managing Director of ICNL, Mr. Ismail Yusuf, assured members of SEAMATA that ICNL will bring its expertise gained from its decades of experience in the development and operation of bonded terminals to bear in the delivery of the project.
To the President-General of SEAMATA, Chief Gozie Akudolu – Iroko, “ there is no gainsaying the fact that the Southeast boast of a large number of importers in the country, this grand project is a welcome development which will meet the yearnings and aspirations of importers who no longer need to clear their goods in Lagos but have it transferred on bond to the terminal and thereafter delivered directly to their warehouses”.
He further promised to ensure that all the traders and members of the Association cooperate with ICNL to make the project a success.
ICNL is the owner and operator of the Inland Container Depot in Kano State and the Kaduna Inland Dry Port in Kaduna State.