The federal government has perfected plans to commence cargo delivery service by rail to the Kaduna Inland Dry Port this Tuesday.
At the launch programme of the service which will hold on Tuesday, May 7, at the facility’s premises in Kakuri, Kaduna the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai and the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi will be at the event.
In a statement signed by Tahir H. Idris, the special assistant to the executive secretary to the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), said the interactive session with the stakeholders has the theme “optimizing the Kaduna dry port as key to Nigeria economic diversification.”
The stakeholders’ interactive programme/clinic will witness presentations on the following topics: “Inland Dry Port development and management – key to diversification of Nigeria’s economy; The role of Nigerian Custom Service in facilitating the operations of inland dry ports; promotion of exports and Kaduna Dry Port as key to Nigeria’s economic diversification and prospects and operational challenges of Kaduna inland dry port.”
The Executive Secretary and CEO, Nigerian Shippers Council, Bar. Hassan Bello said the added that the railway to the dry port is a watershed to the facility.
“So much cargo is coming to Kaduna now but on trucks. It takes so much money to transport goods by trucks from Lagos to Kaduna. If it is by rail, the cost will drop by over 60 per cent,” he said.