Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the Federal government would re-engineer the economy by providing modern technology-driven transport infrastructure.
He said that the act would strengthen the nation’s logistics value chain and support the development of the non oil sector.
Amaechi disclosed that as the ministry was rounding up the Lagos-Ibadan rail project billed for commissioning in June, the ministry was set to commence work on the Kano-Kaduna rail line.
In a statement by his Media Aide, Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, on Friday said Amaechi made this known when he led a delegation of Nigerian Shippers Council and Nigeria Railway Corporation on a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state.
According to him, “The Federal Ministry of Transport through Nigerian Shippers Council’s activities, highlight the importance of maritime sector as the best alternative for economic diversification.
” We are here because we want to see how far you have gone with the Dala Inland Dry Port because between now and July we will start work on the Kano-Kaduna part of the rail and wherever we link the Kano rail to Kaduna and link Ibadan to Abuja, then we have solved the problem of cargoes.
” We have to learn how to manage cargoes that come to Kano, like you know, we are also linking Kano-Maradi, so Kano will be the hub for the railway sector with a major station in Kano, it will be able to control the volume of human traffic in Kano.
” Kano is important to Nigeria, Kano is also important to the railway sector and we are trying to see how to bring Maritime into Kano, it is important to note that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council North-West Zonal Office is located in Kano because of the economic importance.
And while inaugurating the North-West Directorate Office of the Nigeria Shippers Council, the Minister said: “We believe that the state government has the capacity to protect these projects and respond to the needs of the users”.
In his response, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, commended the Federal government for the Inland Dry Port and the Shippers Council Directorate brought to Kano.
Ganduje said that in appreciation to the gesture, his administration had reciprocated by carrying out its assigned responsibilities towards the actualisation of the Inland Dry Port.
He said, “We have constructed access road to the Dry Port and other basic infrastructure as required by the Federal government guidelines.”
Ganduje also expressed delight over the Kano Office of the Shippers Council, saying that it was the first outstation to be opened by the Council 31 years ago in 1990, except for Lagos Headquarters’.
The Governor however called on the business community in the North-West zone especially those into export and import, to explore the opportunities of the Council.
He further tasked the businessmen on patronising the Dala Inland Dry Port which he said would begin operation in 2022 for the growth and profitability of their businesses.
Also, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Shippers Council, Mr Hassan Bello, commended the government for inaugurating the Office.
He said that the Zonal Office would strengthen International Relations, as Kano remained a major business hub in the region.