President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the Inland Dry Port in Kakuri, Kaduna, on January 4.

The project is expected to generate over 5,000 direct employments at the commencement of operations.

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.

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