The Nigerian government on Tuesday flagged off cargo delivery by train to Kaduna Inland Dry Port in the northern part of the country.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna said he would send trade delegation to neighboring Niger Republic to woo investors to patronize the dry port inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018.
This, El-Rufai said, was geared toward making the port viable and to boost the economy of the state.
He said the state was committed to the success of the port, noting that he had directed the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency to woo investors to also patronize the port.
He added that the state government under his administration would spare no efforts in ensuring that the port was viable.
Earlier in his remarks, Hassan Bello, the executive secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, said the commencement of rail delivery of cargo would no doubt address the challenges being faced by importers and exporters from the seaports to Kaduna port.
He urged investors to take the opportunity of the facilities at the port for business, noting that goods must be cleared in 24 hours at the port.
Bello also commended the state government for supporting the port in terms of the infrastructural development. Enditem