By YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos
The management of Inland Container Nigeria Limited (ICNL), a bonded terminal in Kano and dry port operator in Kaduna state has commended the support of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) in establishing a dry port in Kaduna.
Speaking exclusively to LEADERSHIP, the managing director ICNL, Yusuf Ismail praised the the Executive Secretary of the Council. According to him, Barr. Hassan Bello has played a vital role in the development of the dry port in Kaduna state.
He said, “Nigeria Shippers Council has been playing a vital role in ensuring that all the dry port in Nigeria is working and when we approach them our proposal was granted and a committee was set up to look into our request and recommend to the FG the facilities to be in place to meet the requirements of the dry port.
“It was done and recommendations were made by the committee we were written formally that our request has been granted and they ask us to put some things in place which was what we have been doing and that’s where we are today.” Ismail who lamented non connection of Tin Can Island Port and Kirikiri port to rail track said he was confident the Federal Ministry of Transportation would connect the port.
He said connecting the port to rail track must be an utmost priority of the Federal Government. “As far as we are concern we can only move container by rail through Apapa port it will be difficult to move containers from another port until NRC or FG do rail track to other port or it will be double pay for importers to move their cargoes from other ports in Lagos to Apapa port so I urge the FG To as a matter of urgency lay track to other port.
“We have had discussion with the ES of Shippers’ Council and thankfully everything is under the FMOT and they are having discussion with the Minister. This was evident in contract with General Electric by the FG. They must have done their survey to know that some of our ports are not connected by rail.”