The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), on Tuesday, in Abuja, unveiled Dala Inland Dry Port reviewed full business report.
Speaking at the ceremony, Executive Secretary, NSC, Hassan Bello explained that the proposed Dry Port will boost trade across the country and generate numerous jobs.
He explained that the Lagos – Kano Standard Gauge Railway would be in alignment with the Dala Inland Dry Port, adding that construction of the 284 km Dry Port at $1.96b is scheduled to cross-border Kano – Katsina – Jibia – Maradi rail line.
Bello said“The volume forecast is expected to be between 64,000 TEU per annum and 147, 000 TEU per annum throughput once it reaches its full market potential after three years of operation in 2026”.
According to Bello, the market share analysis for the Dala Inland Dry Port Kano State, its primary market is 40 per cent and surrounding states (secondary market) such as Bauchi, Katsina, Kaduna and Jigawa 15 per cent market share.
Bello said: “The new Kano – Katsina – Maradi Rail line is expected to increase patronage from Republic Of Niger.”
According to the NSC Boss, the council has commenced consultation with different multi-lateral funding institutions particularly Afrexim Bank as part of measures to assist investors access long-term funding for the construction of Dry Port in the country.
He also used the opportunity to commend the Kano State Government for its support to the project through the provision of land and other necessary facilities.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Dala Inland Dry Port, Alhaji Abubakar Bawuro, said the Dry Port would commence operation in July, adding that the infrastructure would be completed by June.
Bawuro, said the report was very imperative, pointing out that it would give direction to the activities of the Dry Port.