Kaduna Dry Port to create 24,000 jobs, says Bello

Kaduna Dry Port to create 24,000 jobs, says Bello

- 24,000 jobs will be created when the Kaduna Dry Port links to Niger Republic and Chad

- This was revealed by the executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello

- Bello stated this at the flag-off of the Cargo delivery by rail to the Kaduna Dry Inland Ports in Kaduna

The executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello has revealed that about 24,000 direct jobs would be created when the Kaduna Dry Port links to Niger Republic and Chad.

Leadership reports that Bello stated this at the flag-off of the Cargo delivery by rail to the Kaduna Dry Inland Ports in Kaduna.

According to him, “about 24,000 direct jobs would be created from this project, if we are able to connect Niger Republic and Chad to use the port as destination port for their cargo, it would have a multiplier effect for Kaduna and its environs.”

He continued: “We will then be able to decongest the port in Apapa and Tincan Island and we won’t be having the gridlock we are experiencing now.”

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Speaking on the efficiency of the rail line, Bello said movement of containers from Lagos to Kaduna would take two days and each trip would bring in 20 to 24 containers.

His words: ‘‘It would take two days for the train to arrive from Lagos to Kaduna because we are using the old track, but we are improving and the movement must improve. Today, we have about 24 wagons and they are bringing about 24 container on each trip.

“It would be two trips per week and they would also take laden containers back to Lagos. If it cost N700,000 to bring 20ft container to Kaduna from Lagos by road, it could be 40 percent to 50 percent less by rail.

“Rail really will determine the cost of transportation that would bring down the cost of production and by this there would be no inflation in Kaduna and its environs, because shipping has come to Kaduna.”

While speaking at the event, Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai said: “The commissioning of the dry port last year, this shipment, transportation of goods from the port and movement of containers from the seaports in Lagos to Kaduna by rail has confirmed that our inland dry port is functioning and you can ship your goods direct from Kaduna to any part of the world and you can also import goods from any part of the world direct to Kaduna.

“This is a major achievement which has been made possible through the efforts of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council. We are very grateful today’s event has opened a new vista of commercial opportunities not only for northern businessmen but even for our neighbouring countries.”

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Meanwhile, the federal government has finished plans to commence cargo delivery service by rail to the port.

Bello also said the rail service will the rail service will reduce goods tampering, loads diversions, and above all keep accident down by 95%.

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