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Kaduna Inland Dry Port to begin rail service delivery

The Federal
Government has concluded plans to introduce cargo delivery by rail to the
Kaduna Inland Dry Port.

Mr Tahir Idris, Director, Special Duties, Nigerian
Shippers Council (NSC) highlighted this in statement on Sunday, in Abuja,
noting that the inauguration was scheduled to hold on May 7, at the facility’s
premises in Kakuri, Kaduna State.
Idris said in the statement that Mr. Hassan Bello, the Executive Secretary of NSC, had disclosed
that connecting the railway to the dry port “is a watershed to the facility
Bello said 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
He said 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 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 less 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 the Minister of
, Rotimi Amaechi, are expected to inaugurate the service. 

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