“It is important to note that apart from its critical importance in facilitating international trade as well as transit cargo to landlocked countries, the inland dry port projects are intended to bring shipping activities closer to shippers in the hinterland and increase cargo throughput, act as a catalyst for improved trade flows,.
“It will boost inland trading, promote export of agricultural products, thus leading to multi-product-oriented economy, create employment opportunities that would ultimately stem rural-urban migration, and to act as a source of internally generated revenue to the host states as well as revenue source to the Federal Government,” the minister said.
Also speaking at the launch , the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Mr Emmanuel Jime said:“The Federal Ministry of Transportation has begun moves to designate all Inland Dry Ports in Nigeria as ports of destination and ports of origin to enable them to function exactly the same way a seaport will function.
Jime pledged the agency’s commitment to strict adherence to the execution of the manual to uphold the principles of professionalism in handling containers in the ports, while assuring that the facilities would be digitalized.
“It may be pertinent to state that this manual would be used as a measure of performance by the regulator (in this case, the Nigerian Shippers Council) and will be subjected to future review to be in tandem with obtainable best practices, upon agreement of the two parties – the operator and the regulator.
On his part , Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, who was represented at the event by NPA’s Assistant General Manager, Operations, Ayodele Durowaiye, said, “The effective operations of the IDPs will provide options for shippers and consignees outside Lagos State as it will increase the possibility of export cargoes.
“The authority will support other government agencies under the Ministry of Transportation to aid the movement of import and export cargoes and boxes in the country.”