An inland dry port is a port terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the transshipment of sea cargo to inland destinations.

Nigeria never had anything like that before. All it had was sea ports.

But on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari will inaugurate Nigeria’s first inland dry port in Kaduna State.

According to the Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, all is set for the President to inaugurate the Kaduna Inland Dry Port in Kakuri, Kaduna State.

The Director, Special Duties, NSC, Mr Ignatius Nweke, in a statement on Monday, said the port, which was among the seven dry ports being promoted by the council, was built by the Kaduna Inland Dry Port Limited.

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He said the facility had the capacity to handle 29,000 tonnes of cargo yearly in the first phase of operation, adding that the figure might double upon the completion of the port.

“It is also estimated to generate no fewer than 5,000 direct jobs at the commencement of operations.

“The Kaduna Dry Port, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria, will receive cargo from the Apapa Port in Lagos through the railway or by road, and also export goods through the same channel,” Nweke stated.

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