By YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos And Isaiah Benjamin, Kaduna
The federal government yesterday said the Kaduna Inland Dry Port has reached the stage of commissioning. This was disclosed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi after the final inspection of the Kaduna dryport facility.
At the final inspection, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi in conjunction with Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai and the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr Hassan Bello were conducted round the facility by the managing director, Kaduna dryport, Ismail Yusuf.
Ameachi, who extolled the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai for the commitment and support of the state government in providing infrastructure for the smooth takeoff of the project disclosed that the project is ready to start importation and exportation of cargoes.
He said, “I have a very good assessment of the dryport, if you want it commissioned now I will do it. Don’t forget the dryport is like a seaport where we already have the land, we have where to stack the goods and the rail tracks to move the containers.
“If you want it commissioned we can have it but we have to wait for the construction of the roads, more activities at the dryport before we ask the President to commission.” The former governor of Rivers State also assured importers and exporters present at the event that the Federal Government is putting things in place for creation of jobs and make business seamless.
“We are doing everything to ensure we create jobs and make necessary infrastructure that will make business seamless and make business easy for Nigerians. I assure you that whatever it takes to get this place running will be done we want importers and exporters to access the seaports where ever they are and that opportunity is what we are providing for people of Kaduna.’’
Speaking on the support of the Kaduna state government to the project, he said, “Am impressed with the state government because it showed that they are more interested in business coming up in their state capital. If you ignore infrastructure by the state government, the dryport won’t pick up because if you don’t have roads how do you take your goods. I thank the Kaduna state Governor for the support,” he stated.
Speaking earlier, the executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello urged importers and exporters to maximise facilities at the Kaduna dryport for importation and exportation.
“We are here on inspection visit; we are making some observations because this facility must not only be an infrastructure but a modern infrastructure. I urge importers and exporters to patronise this facility,’’ he said.