PORT CONGESTION: Poor Rail, Roads Remain Kaduna Dry Port's Major Headaches
You remember the Kaduna Inland Dry Port that was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2018, the port is still pretty much struggling.
The management of the port is blaming it on lack of a functional rail system and the deplorable state of roads in the country.
The Port Manager, Mr Rotimi Raimi, who disclosed this in an interview with Punch, noted that the challenges had forced the cost of transporting cargoes from the Lagos seaport to the dry port to go up.
He expressed concern over the development, adding that this was hampering the dry port’s full-scale operations.
Raimi said the problem of high freight cost could only be tackled if the Nigerian Railway Corporation could provide enough locomotives and wagons for easy transportation of cargoes by rail from the seaports to the dry port.
He said the Kaduna dry port had all it required to make the state and indeed the entire North economically viable.
“What makes Lagos economically viable is the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the seaports,” he said.
Raimi explained that with the dry port and the international airport in Kaduna, the state ought to be a beehive of economic activities but for the high freight cost.
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