Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, said the Kaduna inland Dry Port was ready to begin full operation, even as Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai pleaded with the Federal Government to employ youth from the state.
While inspecting facilities of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port, Amaechi explained that the inspection was to evaluate the functionality of the port following the commissioning by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo and the beginning of operations.
He said the port will stimulate the state and country’s economies, adding that “everything is set for commissioning, but we want to wait for roads’ completion and for more activities before the President or Acting President commissions it.”
On his part, Governor el-Rufai said: “I am committed to this project because it is about jobs and making life easier for businesses that are based in the North to transact to the rest of the world without having to go to Lagos and suffer the inconveniences of Lagos.
“For us as a state government, the overriding policy commitment is we are ready to do anything that will add one more job to the economy of Kaduna.”
Earlier, Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, commended the Kaduna State Government for its lead role in the successful upgrading and gazetting of the bonded terminal to inland dry port with full status of Port of Origin and final destination.