The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has revealed plans to develop a cargo village within the proposed East – Gate Enugu Airport City Development project to be anchored by NECI Land Development Corporation Limited.
The proposed Cargo Village will be situated within 142 hectares of land of the East – Gate Enugu Airport City Development Project, adjacent to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
To this end, the National President of NAGAFF, Chief (Dr.) Eugene Nweke recently paid a visit to Enugu in an on-the-spot inspection and assessment of the Project Development site with the Representative of the Corporation, Mr. Daniel Kalu, the NAGAFF Enugu State Chapter, Comrade Sunny Okonkwo and the Project Legal Consultant who is also the Secretary of NAGAFF Enugu Chapter, Barrister Chinedum Agwaramgbo.
According to the NAGAFF President, the proposed NAGAFF Cargo Village is to be fashioned after a similar one in Malaysia. And in furtherance of the initiative, a delegation comprising officials of NAGAFF, representatives of the Enugu State Government, and of the investor, NECI Land Development Corporation Limited as well as other 27 business venture companies including the banks is scheduled to visit the Asian country in October.
Dr. Nweke enthused that NAGAFF has the goodwill and trust of all stakeholders involved in the Project and all hands will soon be on the deck to make the project a reality.
He added that the Cargo village when completed will boost and further simplify the process of Cargo clearing in the country and help in removing the congestion at the Lagos ports and entry points as Importers, Exporters and Freight Forwarders will be happy to divert their cargoes to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport.
The proposed cargo village, which would encompass the establishment of key investment component such as air cargo terminal logistics hub, high industrial zone, duty free and export zone and commercial and residential real estate, is part of bigger project which has the potentials of creating a wide range of business opportunities in Enugu State and the entire South East geo-political zone.
It would be recalled that the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Uguwanyi recently visited the site of the proposed East-Gate Enugu Airport City Development project.