Nigerian Shippers Council || N.S.C


The Council is facilitating the development of Vehicle Transit Areas (VTAs) which is a very important road transport infrastructure. A Vehicle Transit Area is a public rest area located off the highway, designed to provide temporary rest location for truck drivers.

The facilities in a VTA include Gas Station, Motel, Restaurant, Mechanic Workshop, Fire Station, Police Post, Automated Cargo Tracking System, Banks etc.
Presently, the Council has made significant progress in promoting the development of 2 (two) VTAs at Lokoja, Kogi State and Obollo Afor, Enugu State.

Some of these are:

  • Payment of land compensation in respect of Lokoja VTA.
  • Approval to launch tender for concessionaires.
  • Approval to carry out bidders’ conferences.
  • Launching of the tender and evaluation of RFQ in respect of Obollo Afor.
  • Development of Policy Guidelines for the Implementation of Vehicle Transit Areas (VTAs).

There are ongoing efforts at facilitating some other VTAs across the 6 (six) geo-political zones in Nigeria through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

These are:

  • Benin Bypass , Edo State
  • Aviele , Edo State
  • Illela , Sokoto State
  • Jibia , Katsina State
  • Abaji , Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
  • Eiyenkorin , Kwara State

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council is promoting the development of Vehicle Transit Areas projects across the country on a Public Private Partnership in line with the Federal Government Policy direction to address the infrastructure deficit in the country, provide short-term resting place for truck drivers on long distance travels and reduce loss to life and cargo caused by accidents arising from fatigue.

A Vehicle Transit Areas (VTAs) is a public rest area located off the road, designed to provide temporary rest location for truck drivers. It is primarily intended for short-term breaks and also long-term parking services where truck drivers can get fuel, food, restrooms, shower and basic supplies like oil and spare parts as well as servicing and repairs of haulage vehicles.

The Vehicle Transit Areas (VTAs) will have the following facilities: Gas Station, Hotel and Motel, Restaurants, Mechanic Workshop, Fire Station, Police Post, Automated Cargo Tracking System.

The main objectives of the project and the anticipated benefits are:

  • To promote safety and security of cargoes and haulage vehicles while in transit.
  • To reduce pilferage and theft of cargoes while in transit.
  • To afford cargo owners the means to monitor the movement of cargoes through a cargo tracking system to be located in respective VTAs.
  • To improve transit and trade with landlocked neighbouring countries.

Feasibility study has been conducted for the establishment of Vehicle Transit Areas in the locations stated below. The market analysis as well as the business and operating model addressed the supply gap for a modern VTAs. The financial models evaluate the economic viability of the project and strongly indicate that the project is worthwhile under different financing options.

  • Lokoja, Kogi State
  • Obollo-Afor, Enugu State
  • Jebba, Kwara State
  • Ore, Ondo State
  • Ogere, Ogun State
  • Porto Novo Creek, Lagos state
  • Onitsha, Anambra State
  • Mararaban Jos, Kaduna State
  • Potiskum, Yobe State

Prospective investors wishing to develop VTAs may apply to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council stating the following information to:

								The Executive Secretary/CEO
								Nigerian Shippers’ Council,
								Otunba Ayodele Soyode Lane,
								(Formerly Park Lane), Apapa,
								Lagos State.


								The Executive Secretary/CEO
								Nigerian Shippers’ Council,
								Plot 437, Michael Okpara Way,
								Wuse Zone 5, Abuja,


  • Project Name and Proposed Location.
  • Detailed description of the project or services covering Market, Technical, Economic and Financial Aspects.
  • Estimated Demand to be Served Annually.
  • Economic and Social Benefits of the Project.
  • Technical Description of the Physical Infrastructure.
  • Estimated Project Value.
  • A Business Plan or a Feasibility Study Report.


  • Company Profile and Ownership Structure.
  • Certificate of Incorporation at Corporate Affairs Commission.
  • Current Tax Clearance Certificate and VAT Registration.
  • Evidence or Ownership or Experience in the Management of Transport Infrastructure.
  • Audited Financial Statements for the last three (3) years.
  • A list of major Shareholders, Board of Directors, Management and their Curriculum Vitae.