The Kaduna Inland Dry Port would receive its official operational by the end of this week, the Nigeria Shippers’ Council has announced. The Kaduna Inland Dry Port is set to receive the manual after the NSC meets on Thursday, January 25 at Victoria Island, Lagos.
The official statement released on behalf of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council declared that the council would hold a one-day meeting with its stakeholders on the mode of operations of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port, the statement was signed by the Director; Special Duties of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Ignatius Nweke.
The statement also disclosed that the meeting is expected to focus on the processes of documentation of the Kaduna bound cargoes, obligations of the terminal operators and the shipping companies would also be discussed, deliberated upon and decided at the meeting.
President Muhammadu Buhari; the Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria recently commissioned the Kaduna Inland Dry Port and authorized the commencement of full operations. The 5000 TEU facility is located along Kachia Road in Kaduna and the establishment gained full port status through official bodies after it satisfied all requirements.
These requirements were recommended by the deferral ministry of transportation and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council in accordance with the best practices all over the world. The Inland Ports being facilitated by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council is a linking terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a center for the shipment of the cargoes to inland destination.
“The Kaduna Dry Port which is the first of its kind in Nigeria would receive cargo from Apapa Port in Lagos, through the railway or by road and also export goods through the same channel,” Nweke said before the facility was commissioned. According to him, the idea to establish Inland Container Depots in the hinterland was informed by the need to reduce the congestion in Lagos ports and provide relief for the busy Apapa road. He said the port, when commissioned will provide an easy process for the exportation of farm produce from the Kaduna and neighbouring states as well as landlocked countries.