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Kaduna Port makes case for cargo efficient delivery

- Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

THe management of the Kaduna inland Dry Port has called on the Federal government to compel shipping lines to work with all dry ports across country for efficient delivery of cargo in Nigeria.

Specifical­ly, the KIDP cried out over major challenges militating against the port, thereby hindering efficient cargo delivery to the northern parts of the country.

The port management spoke at a one-day seminar to discuss ways the Federal government would intervene in rescuing the KIDP from its challenges in order to boost its performanc­e and improve the level of cargo delivery through the port to enhance business activities in the North.

Delivering a paper titled “Prospects and Operationa­l challenges of Kaduna inland Dry Port: The Operator Perspectiv­e”, the general Manager of KIDP, rotimi Hassan, urged the Federal government ‘to make an executive order to compel shipping lines to work with all dry ports in Nigeria to achieve the objective of port decongesti­on and provide shipping services to all shippers in geopolitic­al areas of Nigeria’.

According to him, there is also need for the “provision of more rail wagons and locomotive­s by the Nigeria railway Corporatio­n (NRC) with a special interventi­on from the presidency in putting priority into rail cargo movement to reduce pressure on our major roads and improve rail delivery to enhance mass cargo movement to and fro seaports to Kaduna inland Dry Port and other coming up dry ports in Nigeria”.

Hassan explained at the one-day seminar organised by the Nigeria institute of Transport Technology, Zaria and The inland Container Terminals Nigeria Limited that Nigerian Port Authority has a vital role to play in granting incentive to port concession­aires and shipping companies.

“We seek the support of the of members of the upper and lower chambers of the National Assembly for the legislatio­n, and pass into law the provisions covering, operating inland Dry Port Act, in Nigeria. This will go a long way in removing the problems associated with inland dry ports operation.”

At the end of deliberati­on, participan­ts noted in the Communique that there was lack of sufficient cooperatio­n by some stakeholde­rs to recognise KIDP as a port of origin and destinatio­n.

As part of the resolution­s, participan­ts agreed that ‘the Federal government should ensure that shipping companies commence the issuance, through bill of lading to cargoes destined to KIDP and other dry ports in other parts of the country.

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