The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transportation, has expressed confidence that the Inland Dry Ports being built in various regions of Nigeria will greatly assist importers and exporters.
Mu’azu Sambo, the Minister of Transportation, declared this at the opening of the Dala Inland Dry Port in Kano State.
In a statement issued by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Henshaw Ogubike, Sambo stated that the Inland Dry Ports Projects will assist decongest seaports while also bringing shipping and port services closer to importers and exporters in the hinterland.
He said, “On the Dala Inland Dry Port at Zawachiki in Kano State, Mu’azu Sambo explained that the state was chosen for the project because of its position as the commercial capital of Northern Nigeria.
“The Dala Inland Dry Port which was concessioned to Messrs Dala Inland Dry Port Nigeria Limited will be a Customs port in accordance with the provisions of the Customs and Excise Management Act, Cap. C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and shall have all the pre-requisites of an international port.”
The Minister, however, called on national and international maritime practitioners, shippers, shipping companies landlocked countries and port users to take full advantage of the Inland Dry Ports for imports and exports.
According to him, the Inland Dry Port initiative was conceived as part of the Federal Government’s ports reform programme and is to be sited at chosen locations across the country.
He further said that the six Inland Dry Ports approved by the Federal Executive Council would be concessioned to private sector operators on Public-Private-Partnership with the strategic framework to build, own, operate and then transfer the projects to the government.
The Minister commended the President Buhari-led Federal Government for its effort at developing critical infrastructure in the country, especially in the transportation sector, adding that such effort will stand as a testimony for future generations.