By James Ezema
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Barrister Hassan Bello has spoken on how opportunities for job creation will abound on completion of the project .
According to him, ”The cost of transportation would from the ports to their residence reduce drastically and trucks is the only methods we have now and once the rail commences there would be competition and the laws of demand and supply would apply.
“Even more importantly, the security and safety of the cargo, there would be delivery of cargo in such a smooth way. 90% of the cargo comes through the roads which is only one mode.
While addressing the media at the proposed site for Ibadan Inland Dry near the Ibafan railwal terminal, The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, disclosed that shippers stand to benefit a lot from the rail transportation system.
According to Barr. Bello, “The Shippers will benefit more than anybody from the rail projects because the cost of transportation of their cargo from the sea to their warehouses will reduce drastically. Truck is the only mode of transportation we have now.
“The truckers will have competition and the law of demand and supply will apply and then the security and safety of the cargo will improve. So, there will be delivery of cargo in smooth way.
“The railway will also decongest the port because we are using only one mode of transportation which is the road and 90 per cent of the cargoes come out through the roads.”
He stressed that the project would ease transport and create jobs at various levels.
“Now if we have a cheaper mode, and we are also talking of the inland water mode, so when we have three modes . Nigeria would never be the same again with this project,” Mr Bello explained.