BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN
The Kaduna Inland dry port, the first of its kind in Nigeria, is set to be commissioned any time soon, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive officer of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) Alhaji Hassan Bello has disclosed.
He however vowed that upon the commissioning of the port, activities of those who are in the habits of sharp practices, otherwise known, as Warf Rats, at sea port would not be tolerated at the Kaduna inland dry port.
Addressing stakeholders shortly after the tour of facilities at the Kaduna inland dry port. Executive Secretary said the council was already talking with the federal government to formally commission the dry port soon , even as skeletical services have since commenced in the area.
Bello also said that congestion, both vehicular and human, that is common with sea port, would not be seen at the dry port because it would be well controlled.
The NSC scribe said with the Kaduna dry port, there would be beehives of economic activities in the State, adding that Kaduna inland port which is the first in the country would become a role model for other states to emulate any time soon.
Towards this end, he commended the State governor, Malam Nasir El-rufai for ensuring security, and enabling environment for the port, adding that as soon as the port is commissioned, it will generate no fewer than 5000 employment opportunities for the teaming unemployed youths in Kaduna.
He reiterated that with the commissioning which will not be long from now and as soon as the Kaduna inland dry port effectively takes off, it will stimulate the economy and reduce stress of business transactions across the country and particularly at the ports.
The Council’s boss urged resident of Kaduna state. Particularly business men and women to utilise the port effectively to further boost their business prospects because the dry port will serve both for import and export purposes.
“We are committed to make the port a modern port and in compliance with international standard to ensure proper regulations, we will also ensure that appropriate cargo clearance equipment will be deployed while human and vehicular traffic within the port will be avoided as much as possible” he stressed.