Eastgate Inland Terminal Limited, Aba Inland Container Depot (ICD) project concessioneers, has announced that BRJ and Associates, a construction and project management firm, based in Pasadena, California, united States of America, as its major partner on the project.
Bill Nkemdirim, chief executive officer, Eastgate Terminal Limited, while presenting the BRJ team to the State project Implementation Committee and the host community, at the project sit at Avor Ntigha, in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State, explained that BRJ, would construct and manage the facility for Eastgate.
Nkemdirim in company of Ify A. OKolue, coordinator, South-East zone of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), observed that the Aba dry port is important to Abia State and the entire South-East region, because of its prospects.
“I am glad and proud that I am here with our partners from Overseas. We have had to work through so many obstacles, trying to ensure that we get the right partners as well and people that are not only going to be committed, but who will be here to build and live in our midst.
“BRJ is here to build and operate the port and so what they have come to do today is to have a feel of the soil they will be working on for the next couple of years. So, what I have come do is to show them the area for them to appreciate it, “he said.
He thanked the Abia State Governor and all the officials working in the implementation committee, for their commitment. “As individuals they understand the impact of the committee and I am really happy that they are part of our team”.
Dan Nwankwo, chairman, Aba ICD implementation committee, expressed the commitment of the State Government to actualizing the project, which he said is important to the State and country at large.
He appealed to BRJ and Eastgate to double their commitment to the project, which according to him, has been sited at the part of Nigeria, where the people are known to be very hard working and receptive.
According to him, this project is dear to the heart of our Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and the people of the State. This project is of massive public interest and that is why we want to build a port of origin and final destination.
And I can assure you that it is going to be a very viable one, because most of the people, who import are from this part of the country.
Bonnie R. Jones, president/chief operating officer, BRJ and Associates, who led two other members of the firm on the trip expressed happiness over the opportunity offered them to be part of the project.
In his words, “We are happy to be part of this project. We know how important it is to this community and the nation, because of its economic benefits. We are so serious to be part of this and it is something that we look forward to accomplishing with our partners and we hope that we can start immediately.
Accompanying Jones on the trip were Mark Edwards, executive vice president, and Anyaduba Nebolisa, general manager, Africa, BRJ.