The Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Hassan Bello has said that the Kano Inland Dry Port (IDP) will be a transit port that would connect landlocked countries of Niger Republic, Chad, Northern Cameroon and other Sahel African countries.He disclosed this in Lagos during a courtesy call on the NSC by the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Bello, who acknowledged that the Inland Port has enjoyed the support of the Kano state government disclosed that the state recently invested over N2.4 billion in development of infrastructure.
The NSC boss assured that the council is perfecting plans to ensure that the port project gets the Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) approval before December this year.
Nigeria, he stated, has to get ready to receive and utilize the opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), which he stated was expected to expand the size of African economy by $29 trillion in 2050, cover more than 1.2 billion people across 54 countries and generate over $3 billion in GDP.
Stating that it is not population or size that would make Nigeria benefit from ACFTA, Bello said the country can only benefit from opportunities provided by the continental pack based on how far it has gone in building infrastructure and industries at state levels.
He, however, implored the concessionaire on the need to operate a modern dry port with electronic gate, good access roads devoid of gridlock, and short delivery time of cargo, 24-hours port operation and multimodal approach to cargo delivery among others.