Kano State Government says it contributed N2.5bn for the construction of access roads, perimeter fencing, electricity, and other social amenities to the Dala Inland Dry Port project in order to ensure its speedy completion.
Hassan Musa Fagge, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of Kano State in a statement said: “Kano State Acting Governor Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna who disclosed this on Friday when Minister of Transportation Alh. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo paid a familiarization visit to Dry Port’s Office at Zawaciki in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the State.
“He also said that the State Government made sure that the project becomes a reality through the provision of enabling environment because it would lead to economic development not only for Kano and its neighboring States but also for Niger, Cameroon, and Chad Republics.”
According to the statement, Gawuna while reading the speech of the Governor further said Kano is the commercial and investment nerve Centre of Northern Nigeria and the largest non-oil and gas economy in the country with a GDP of approximately $25b making it potentially viable for investors, therefore, the project is meant for harnessing the resource potentials of the State towards improving the livelihood of the teeming populace.
“This becomes necessary given the fact that the crude oil revenue on which the country depends has tremendously dropped.
“Dala Inland Dry Port was initiated to act as a catalyst to improve trade flows, boost Inland trading and revitalize export of agricultural products leading to multi-product economy,” he added.
In his address the Minister of Transportation, Engr. Jaji Sambo while declaring the Dala Inland Dry Port as Port of Origin and Destination said Kano with a sizeable number of textiles, agro-allied, and several manufacturing industries not only suited but most qualified for an Inland dry port.
According to him, the Inland Dry Port was conceived as part of the Federal Government’s port reform program designed to decongest the seaports while also taking shipping and port services closer to importers and exporters in the hinterland, however, Dala Inland Dry Port started many years ago has now come fruition.
The Minister, therefore, called on the Business Community and Investors to take full advantage of the facility for the import and export of their cargoes.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alh.Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro explained that the board resolved from the inception to develop a facility that would function as an efficient digital and regulatory compliant port that would minimize contact between cargo and man.
He added that the position of Dala Inland Dry Port is unique and that caused its introduction in the linkage made by the Federal Government in the standard gauge railway line to link Maradi in the Niger Republic through the port from Lagos.
“At the moment, the narrow-gauge railway line has fully connected the port and tested. It can provide the services required from Lagos to Kano and the second leg to destinations in the Niger Republic can be completed by road,” he said.
He however commended the Federal Government and Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for their support in making the project a reality.