The long abandoned Jos Dry Port in Jos, Plateau State, may soon breathe in fresh air as the Federal Government has expressed the determination to have it completed soon.
Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amechi, made the pledge while on a visit to the project site, Hypang, in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.
Amaechi, who was represented by Sola Ogunreye during the assessment visit, said the tour of the site was designed to allow government assess the level of damage done to the company by the immediate past administration of the state.
“The ministry is by the visit, exploring avenues to revitalise the project as well as proffer ways of resuscitating the company.
“It is an executive damage done on the project; it is a barbaric and a major setback to the development of any society.
“Plans for the establishment of the port were wonderfully designed. It was aimed at taking care of the Central Region in growing the nation’s resources and create jobs for youths in the state,” he said.
In his remarks, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, represented by the Commissioner of Land and Survey, Festus Faunter, said the project was dear to the heart of the government because of its capacity to turn around the economy of the state and the host communities.
Lalong said, “The coming together of the state government and the Federal Ministry of Transportation to revive this project is strategic in the exploration of the non-oil sector in the state and the country considering the resolution of their just concluded state executive retreat to diversify the economy.”