By Okezie Nnadi
The Executive Governor of Adamawa State, His Excellency, Umaru Fintiri and the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council NSC Hon. Emmanuel Jime, have inaugurated a Committee to aid the development of Vehicle Transit Areas ((VTAs) at Ngurore near Yola and Border Information Center (BIC) at Sahuda near the border area in Mubi, Adamawa State
These two had previously met in Abuja where it was resolved that a -ten member joint committee be inaugurated to fast track the development of these transport infrastructure projects. The Committee includes the host State Government and Nigerian Shippers’ Council.
While speaking at the official inauguration of the Technical Committee, NSC boss maintained that the agency has the mandate to facilitate the development of transport infrastructure in the country.
Hon. Jime however stressed that Shippers’ Council is working through to actualize modern VTAs in Nigeria. He expressed optimism that the joint technical committee will make a concerted effort to see to the realization of the projects in the state.
According to him, Adamawa State is strategically positioned for the establishment of Vehicle Transit Areas and Border Information Centres.
On his own part, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, His Excellency, Umaru Fintiri stated that the development of Vehicle Transit Areas at Ngurore and Sahuda at the border area as well as Border Information Centre in Mubi topped their discussions when they met in Abuja.
Fintiri praised the NSC boss for his commitment towards the development of VTAs and BIC in Adamawa state.
According to him, the VTAs and BIC, will not serve the Adamawa State alone but also neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic.
He expressed optimism that the development of Vehicle Transit Areas will address indiscriminate parking of trucks on roads in the State.
Responding to concerns about insecurity, the governor said that the State has put in place measures which have resulted in the reduction of crimes to barest minimum.
The Co-Chairman representing the Adamawa State Government on the joint committee, Hajia Rabi Yahaya Ahmad said that Adamawa State will ensure the actualization of Vehicle Transit Areas and the Border Information Centre in the State.
Co -Chairman representing Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Phillip Eduwa, appreciated the Adamawa State Government for the pivotal role they have played towards the development of Vehicle Transit Areas and Border Information Centre in Adamawa State.
He reiterated that NSC as facilitator of the projects will also play their role towards the realization of the VTAs and BICs in Adamawa state.
Eduwa called on the Committee to enlighten the stakeholders to get their buy – in for the proposed projects.
The terms of reference of the Implementation committee include collaborate with relevant agencies such as ICRC to obtain all the necessary guidelines for the development of VTAs in line with standard specifications and in compliance with international best practices, to identify all the essential requirements for execution of VTAs from inception to operational level and to also collaborate with land owners/host communities in order to create adequate sensitization and secure their buy-in and ensure successful take-off of the projects.