Dala Inland Dry Port to boost trans-sahara trade development, AfCFTA

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Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’Council, Hon. Emmanuel Jime has stated that Dala Inland Dry Port (IDP) will boost trans-sahara trade developments and indeed AfCFTA.

The Shippers’Council Chief Executive Officer who is in Kano participating in the 16th National Council on Transportation
also declared the
Dala Inland Dry Port as a pace-setter for other Dry Ports in the country.

The Shippers’ Council boss made these assertion while responding to the Dala IDP Chairman’s welcome
address during inspection of the on-going construction at the Dala Inland Dry Port site at Zawachiki,
Kano State.

To him, “Kano leads the way as far as commercial activities are concerned, as all the states
in the Northern part of Nigeria regard Kano as the commercial hub”.

The NSC boss said that the support and partnership of the Kano State Government with regard to the
development of the Dala IDP should be emulated by other State Governments.
He confided, that “the Dala IDP when completed, will serve to decongest the seaports, reduce the cost of
doing business and provide an avenue for shippers in the hinterland and neighboring countries like Niger,
Chad, and Benin to have their cargoes transported to their doorsteps”.

While responding, the Chairman/CEO of the Dala Inland Dry Port, Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro appreciated the Kano State
Government and Nigerian Shippers’ Council for their roles in bringing the IDP project to actualization. He
further pleaded for the support of the Council to fast track the conferment of the dry port’s status as a
Port of Origin and Port of Destination.

He reassured that construction at the Dala IDP will be completed by the end of November 2021 and full
operation will commence.
As part of its continuous Corporate Social Responsibility to the community, the company is constructing
a school on the premises for children of the underserved; a project undertaken at the insistence of the
Transport Minister, Honorable Rotimi Amaechi.

According him, the IDP will attract volumes of economic activities to the State, boost the
infrastructural development, increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), and also increase
employment opportunities.

The five-day National Council on Transportation is a triennial event organized by the Federal Ministry of
Transportation. It commenced on Monday the sixth of September.

In attendance were
the Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of transport in the 36 states of the
Federation, multilateral organisations as well as stakeholders in the transport sector.

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