(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – As part of efforts to improve its port facilities, the Kano State Government has allocated the sum of N2. Billion to boost the construction of the Dala Inland Dry Port in Kano, the state capital.
This cheering news was revealed by the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Mr. Hassan Bello, while parleying with newsmen.
In its bid to quicken the completion of the project, contracts have been reportedly awarded by the state government for the development of the infrastructure.
Again, the concessionaire of the Dala Inland Dry Port project has engaged the services of some technical partners to ensure the timely completion and delivery of a quality project.
Inland Dry Ports have been projected for construction in some states in the country’s six geo-political zones: Kaduna, Kano, Plateau State, Abia, Borno, Maiduguri, Kaduna, Oyo, and Edo States. But paucity of funds have militated against their completion by the concessionaires. In a bid to address this shortfall, the NSC approached the London office of the Commonwealth Enterprise Investment Council (CWEIC), a body established in 2014 with mandate from Commonwealth Heads of Government to promote intra-commonwealth trade and investments across the 53 member countries, to help attract investors for the IDP projects.
The ultimate goal of the NSC is to ensure that the projects are completed as soon as possible, considering the benefits to the national economy and states where they are sited.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The IDP projects will have multiplier effects on the national economy with thousands of jobs to be created when completed. The dry port project is imperative for trade facilitation as it will enable shippers in the hinterland to import and export without having to travel to Lagos seaports or other seaports for the process. For instance, with the Kaduna IDP, importers in any part of the world who wish to use that dry port can do so by indicating it as Port of Destination for their goods instead of using Lagos seaport. Similarly, businessmen from that zone who have goods to export can use the dry port without having to go through Lagos seaport.