Ladies and Gentlemen.
We stand here today on the threshold of a historic new dawn in the socio-economic development of our state. As we all know, economies that do better are those that take investments in the well-being of their people seriously. Whenever the government and the private sector work harmoniously together, overall productivity among the populace tends to rise, and this always results in a prosperity that is widely shared.
I am therefore delighted to welcome you all to this ground-breaking foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of the Potiskum Truck Transit Park under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
I am especially delighted to welcome the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Alhaji Hassan Bello and members of his entourage who are partnering with us in this great effort.
The Potiskum Truck Transit Park is a key pledge that we made during the electioneering campaign. It was also a point I reiterated during my Town Hall Meeting here in Potiskum recently.
We reckoned that as the town with possibly the highest concentration of trailer trucks in the whole of northern Nigeria, Potiskum would be a lot better if we established a Park where the ever-growing trucking business is brought under one roof. If we did that, we believed Potiskum would be a lot cleaner and less congested.
As noted by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council in his speech a few moments ago, we also reckoned that the Potiskum Truck Transit Park is going to support up to 5000 direct jobs. These jobs and their positive spin-offs will certainly transform wealth creation in Yobe State and improve the economy overall.
This is why I am thankful to Almighty Allah and proud to perform the foundation stone laying for this very important economic stimulus project today.
We are committed to ensuring the success of the project in every possible way. Consequently, we will ensure that clean, drinkable water, electricity and access road are provided to the site when completed, so that the Potiskum Truck Transit Park is ready for business from the very start.
I want to assure all our partners that the Yobe State Government will continue to take all measures necessary to provide a friendly investment climate in our state. Through the Public-Private Partnership and other such arrangements, we will intensify our effort to promote economic growth and provide more job opportunities for our people.
As I conclude this address, let me thank our partners, including the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the National Association of Road Transport Owners, for what they have done to make this event a success.
I am also hugely thankful to the people of Potiskum for your very rousing welcome. Your enthusiasm for this project is a clear demonstration of your support for the policies and programmes of our administration.
I urge you all to continue to give your maximum support and cooperation so that the construction of the Potiskum Truck Transit Park and its eventual take-off become a huge success.
With these words, it is now my singular honour and privilege to invite the Executive Secretary and members of the Board of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council to join me to lay the foundation stone for the construction of the Potiskum Truck Transit Park today being Wednesday, the 4th of September 2019.
Thank you so much.
Potiskum, A Mega Hub For Truck Business
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, had assured that the Potiskum Truck Transit Park will enhance the safety of cargo and also standardize truck driving.
The Executive Secretary described Potiskum as a “mega hub for heavy truck business in northern Nigeria”, saying that with over 7223 trucks in the town and over 280 trucks moving out of the town daily, Potiskum is well suited for the transit park.
The Shippers’ Council boss explained that bids will be opened soon and interested investors would be invited to participate in the Park’s construction, which will entail, among other things, the provision of a mechanic’s workshop area, fuel stations, hotels, shops, parking lots, fire fighting station, and recreation centres.
Hassan Bello praised Governor Buni for his humility and foresight, saying Yobe will record tremendous progress as a result of the governor’s leadership.