The Dala International Inland Dry Port in Zawachiki, Kumbotso Local Government Area, Kano State, will be formally inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, January 30.
According to a statement by the managing director of Dala Inland Dry Port, Ahmad Rabiu, the port is the first international inland dry port to carry commodities from Kano to any location in the globe without requiring a subsequent stop at any marine ports in Nigeria.
Indicating that the requirements for infrastructure and other necessary amenities had been met, Rabiu hailed the Federal Government, led by President Buhari, for providing all the support needed for the takeoff.
Adding that the facility spanned six hectares of land and that management was open to expanding it, he said the port’s stacking space could hold 20,000 units of containers.
Rabiu added that all procedures for businessmen’ clearance, including customs duties, would be fulfilled immediately in Kano, without a subsequent trip to any Nigerian seaport.
The chairman of Dala Inland Dry Port, Alhaji Abubakar Bawuro, also said that the port’s management was ready technically, physically, and with willing partners to support business in Kano, Nigeria, and Africa generally.
Bawuro explained that the Dala Inland Dry Port will implement cargo tracking and door-to-door shipping of products and services.
The development of the inland dry port, according to him, was the result of a collaboration between the state government, the business community, regulatory organizations, and the federal government of Nigeria. It would increase competition in Kano and the area’s business markets.