President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, January 4, warned customs and other officials in Kaduna to make the inland dry port facilities work and not to frustrate business, commercial and industrial enterprises with unnecessary bureaucracy.
The report reaching HitNg that Buhari said this when he inaugurated the port adding: “It remains for customs and ports officials to make these facilities work and not to frustrate business, commercial and industrial enterprises with unnecessary bureaucracy and inflicting on them delays and hardships, thereby defeating the object of the whole exercise as has happened in the past.
“Make these facilities work this time.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president said the hinterland business community has waited for too long for such facility that has tremendous potentials to ease the way of doing international business for the interior based importers and exporters.
Buhari added that the development of Inland dry ports was an important factor in the nation’s economic development efforts.
“As ports of origin for exports and ports of destination for imports, the Inland Dry Ports will accelerate the implementation of our economic diversification policy.
“The concept of Inland dry port has gained widespread importance with the changes in international transportation as a result of the container revolution and the introduction of door-to-door delivery of cargo.
“It provides importers and exporters located within the nation’s hinterland, especially industrial and commercial outfits, access to shipping and port services without necessarily visiting the seaports.
“It also enables them to process clearance of their import cargo and take delivery of their raw materials and machinery close to their places of business,” he said.
President Buhari also said that the dry ports would provide exporters the much needed facilities to process, package, consolidate and forward their exports to their customers all over the world without having to physically be at the seaports.
He added that this replicates the port economy in the various centres where the dry ports are located inland thereby generating employment and contributing to the ease of doing business.
The president said in addition to the Kaduna one in Kaduna, six other inland dry ports in Ibadan, Aba, Kano, Jos, Funtua and Maiduguri, which had also been gazetted, were at various stages of completion.
Hitng.com.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari would visit Kaduna where he would commission Nigeria’s first inland dry port located in the Kakuri area of the state.