Kaduna Dry Port To Be Commissioned Soon – Shippers’ Council

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The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, says the Kaduna Inland Dry Port is set to be commissioned at any time soon.

Mr Bello said this while addressing stakeholders on Wednesday, shortly after inspecting facilities at the port in Kaduna State, the first of its kind in Nigeria.

He said the NSC was already engaging the Federal Government to formally commission the dry port on time, even as skeletal services have since commenced in the area.

The Executive Secretary, however vowed that upon the commissioning of the port, activities of those involved in sharp practices, otherwise known as Warf Rats at sea ports would not be tolerated at the port.

He expressed optimism that vehicular and human congestion would not be seen at the dry port, saying it would be well controlled.

“We are committed to making the port a modern port and in compliance with international standard to ensure proper regulations.

“We will also ensure that appropriate cargo clearance equipment will be deployed, while human and vehicular traffic within the port will be avoided as much as possible,” he stressed.

Bello added that with the dry port, there would be beehives of economic activities in Kaduna State, noting that the port would become a role model for other states to emulate any time soon.

He commended the State governor, Mr Nasir El-Rufai for ensuring security and enabling environment for the port, stressing that it would generate at least 5000 employment opportunities when it is commissioned.

The NSC boss added that as soon as the dry port takes off effectively, it would stimulate the economy and reduce stress of business transactions across Nigeria, particularly at the sea ports.

He urged resident of the state to utilise the port effectively to further boost their business prospects, noting that the dry port would serve both import and export purposes.

Shippers Council Advocates Inclusion Of Maritime Law In Nat’l Curriculum

Nigerian Shippers Council, Maritime LawThe Nigerian Shippers Council has emphasised the need for the introduction and study of Maritime Law at the undergraduate level in Nigerian universities.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Mr Has‎san Bello, made the appeal on Wednesday at a forum with the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja.

He said that the introduction of maritime law in the curriculum of Nigerian universities would help articulate improvements and understanding of maritime issues.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, on his part admitted the need for Nigerian universities and lecturers to expand their knowledge base on maritime studies.

Ajimobi Tasks FG On Erunmu Container Depot

ajimobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has called on the Federal Government to expedite action on the Erunmu Inland Container Depot in the state and make it operational.

Represented by his Deputy, Mr Moses Alake Adeyemo, the Governor made this call at his office when a FG delegation, led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Engineer Nebolisa Emodi, paid him a visit.

Mr. Adeyemo lamented the extremely slow pace of the FG on the project which started 10 years ago, but never saw the light of day despite the state government making necessary provisions on the site many years back.

The leader of the delegation and Director of the Shippers’ Council, Mr Patrick Odeh, disclosed that the team which included Nigeria Customs, Shippers’ Council, Ministry of Transport, The Concessionaire, and the host community were in the state to inspect the facility so work can commence on the project.

The Executive Secretary, Bureau of Public Private Partnership in Oyo State, Mr Yinka Fatoki, explained that a lot of bottlenecks from the Customs to the various stakeholders have been major impediments to the laudable initiative.