President Muhammadu Buhari will on January 4th commission the Inland Dry Port in Kakuri, Kaduna State. Sometime in early 2017 when the news broke that Nigerian government was planning to open a dry inland port in Kaduna, many didn’t take it seriously then while others who do did not understand the implication in having dry port in Kaduna instead of having such port in any of eastern region states or core Igboland considering that the Igbos are the major importers in Nigeria.
This is another way to say that the Igbos are conquered people in Nigeria, and they will remain so as long as one Nigeria is concern.
As an importer from the east, you have to travel between Lagos and Kaduna in order to have your goods cleared, while doing so you are contributing to Kaduna state economy by staying in hotels and other services. After that you will now face the herculean task in bringing your goods to the east through non existing roads and you have to part with heavy some of money to all kinds of security operatives that will lay siege on the road for the purpose of extorting money from you.
The project is expected to generate over 5,000 direct employments at the commencement of operations, in another words creating jobs to the northern youths instead of the people from the eastern region who have contributed immensely to Nigerian economy but got nothing from the federal government in return.
The port, according to Nigerian Shipper Council, has the capacity to handle 29,000 tonnes of cargoes yearly at the first phase of operation and will double when fully completed.
The Director of Special Duties, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Ignatius Nweke, disclosed these in a statement on Monday.
Nweke said the decision to establish Inland Container Depots in the hinterland was informed by the need to reduce the congestion in Lagos ports and provide relief for the busy Apapa road.
“The Kaduna Dry Port which is the first of its kind in Nigeria would receive cargo from Apapa Port in Lagos, through the railway or by road and also export goods through the same channel,” he stated.
He said the port would provide easy process for the exportation of farm produce from Kaduna and neighboring states as well as landlocked countries.
“The market for Kaduna ginger will improve tremendously once the dry port commences full operations on Thursday, with exportation of the produce and others such as hibiscus, sesame seed, Shea butter and others to China, Singapore, America, United Kingdom and other countries of the world where agricultural products are in high demand,” the Nigeria Shippers Council official added.