5 Months After Inauguration, Nigeria’s First Dry Port Starves Of Cargoes
In January this year, President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated Nigeria’s first inland dry port in Kaduna.
But five months down the lane, the port has yet to receive any cargo.
The Federal Government had pledged to deploy 20 train wagons to move containers in and out of the port, and the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC had set a deadline of May to deliver the wagons.
The Managing Director, NRC, Fidet Okhiria, said that the 20 wagons that would be dedicated to the services of the Kaduna ICD were expected to arrive in June or July.
But, according to the Managing Director, Inland Container Nigeria Limited, ICD operators of the depot, Ismail Yusuf, the wagons have yet to arrive.
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“We are waiting for them; they are yet to supply us the locomotive wagons,” he told journal online, a maritime and general business news portal.
Yusuf had lamented in April last year that only 20% of the ICD’s request was met by the railway corporation, adding that it would be a challenge when the dry port finally begins operations as it would require more cargo volumes.
The ICDs were established by the Federal Government as part of solutions to the problem of inadequate access by hinterland shippers to the seaports.
It is also a way of easing congestion at the Lagos port and traffic pressure on the roads.
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