EVEN as the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) makes efforts to streamline and ensure smoother, faster and more efficient services in the ports, the Federal Government has concluded plans to introduce cargo delivery by rail to the Kaduna Inland Dry Port from tomorrow 7th of May, 2019.
Mr Tahir Idris, Director, Special Duties, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) said in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja, that the inauguration was scheduled to hold on May 7, at the facility’s premises in Kakuri, Kaduna State.
Idris disclosed in the statement that Mr Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary of NSC, had revealed that connecting the railway to the dry port “is a watershed to the facility.”
It was also gathered that the Council would also hold an interactive session with all relevant stakeholders immediately after the event themed: “Optimising the Kaduna dry port as key to Nigeria economic diversification.”
According to Idris, the rail facility would lead to the full optimisation of the Kaduna inland dry port, adding that it would also drive down significantly the cost of transporting containers from Lagos to Kaduna.
“So much cargo is coming to Kaduna, but on trucks. It takes so much money to transport goods by trucks from Lagos to Kaduna, If it is by rail, the cost will drop by over 60 per cent,” he said.
He also said transporting containers by railway would eliminate the risks of diversion, goods tampering and also reduce the risks of accidents by more than 95 per cent, thus driving down the cost of insuring cargo to Kaduna as a point of entry.
Bello noted that with the reduced cost of transporting the goods, the cost of goods will reduce which will further curb inflation. According to him, hundreds of trucks will be taken off the roads thus leading to longer roads life span and fewer accidents due to activities of truck drivers.
He added that this should also reduce significantly the traffic gridlock on Apapa road in Lagos.
Gov Nasir El-Rufai and Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, are expected to inaugurate the service.