Lagos, freight agency strike partnership deal

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Mr. Ope George, Director–General, Office of Public Private Partnership

The Lagos State Government through the Office of Public-Private Partnerships in conjunction with Mainland Freight Agency Ltd has concluded plans to develop a Commercial storage facility at Mile 2, Amuwo Odofin area of the State.

In a statement issued by the Office of Public-Private Partnership, the Director-General, Mr. Ope George stated that the commercial cargo operation facility at the Mile 2 jetty will occupy the State’s land measuring 6,400 square meters for a period of 10 years on a build, operate and transfer basis.

George stated that the facility which will be solely financed by Messrs. Mainland Freight Ltd would have the capacity to accommodate a minimum of 200 containers at any given time.

According to the Director-General, the project will help to decongest traffic on Lagos roads due to container carrying trucks that ply the roads frequently and also help reduce the dangerous gasses emanating from the trucks.

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The Director-General further described the proposed project as a catalyst that would stimulate the economy of the State and create many direct and indirect employment opportunities and also enable the diversion of up to 24,000 units of containers from road transportation to the sea through batch services.

Mr. George, in the Statement, restated the commitment of the Lagos State Government to the provision of public infrastructure using the public-private partnership model.

In time past, the State Government had put in place several projects to assist the Waterways transportation system since the inauguration of LASWA Act in 2008. Amongst the developmental projects is the Ijegun-Egba Jetty, Ebute-Ojo ferry terminal, Badore Ferry Jetty to mention a few.