Kaduna Port makes case for cargo efficient delivery
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.