By Ajibola Abayomi,
October 10, 2018.
SIFAX Group has reaffirmed its commitment to build a freight station in the Gambia Inland Container Depot (ICD). The company assured that the project would be completed in March 2019.
According to a press statement by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of SIFAX, Muyiwa Akande, he said that the ICD would help in decongesting the Port of Banjul and bring a more efficient system into the country’s port operations.
The company recently signed an agreement with the government of The Gambia to build an ICD.
Akande said: “In a related development, SIFAX Group has taken possession of the land on which it plans to build the inland container depot in Banjul, Gambia.
“Contractors and equipment have also been mobilized to site on the project which is projected for completion by the first quarter of 2019.
He added that the Nigerian High Commissioner to Gambia, Ambassador Oluwasegun Ibidapo-Obe rallied support for SIFAX Group.
According to the SIFAX the High-Commissioner commended the firm for its planned multi-million dollar investment in Gambia.
The statement was made during the visit of the SIFAX Group officials led by Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, to the Nigerian High Commission in Gambia.
The envoy assured SIFAX Group of the Commission’s support in making the new business venture a success, stating that he and his team are already mobilizing patronage in readiness for the business take off, which is billed for next year.
Ibidapo-Obe was thrilled that SIFAX Group would be establishing a multi-million dollar business in the country saying that such would aid economic integration of the sub-region.
He said: “It’s so heartwarming to hear that a Nigerian company is making waves in the international business circle. I am even happier that this project is happening during my tenure as the High Commissioner to The Gambia.
I want to commend the SIFAX Group team led by Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group that they have done well by investing in this country filled with so many opportunities.
“I also want to assure you that the High Commission will be very willing to assist in making this business enterprise thrive greatly and also make the SIFAX Group brand a household name in Gambia”.
Afolabi, while thanking the High Commissioner for his kind words, assured that the company will fulfill the expectations and the confidence of the government and people of the country.
“I want thank you for your warm reception and promised support. I assure you that we will transform the Gambian economy with our business investments. SIFAX Group is synonymous with excellent and innovative service delivery and we will not renege on that”, he said.