LAGOS — The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has begun the movement of cargoes in containers from Lagos to Dala Inland Dry Port in Kano state and Kaduna Inland Dry Port.
Ismail Yusuf, managing director of Inland Containers Nigeria Limited (ICNL), confirmed this in Lagos.
According to him, about 40 containers have been moved so far and an additional 40 empty containers have been returned through the same mode to Lagos from the Kano and Kaduna Inland Dry Port.
“As you know that the federal government is encouraging the Nigerian Railway Corporation to ensure movement of cargo from the seaport to the hinterland and this is very critical to our Kano bonded terminal and Kaduna Inland Dry Port, which is our subsidiary company.
“The management of ICNL and Kaduna Dry Port has led the management of the railway corporation to discuss the modalities of how they can come back to life. We thank God that our request has been acceded to and this is the outcome of our discussion.
“Presently, they have supplied us with two rails for the last two weeks. We have moved about 40 containers, and this will continue every fortnight until we attain maximum capacity.
“The number of containers being moved also depends on the availability of locomotives, and as long as we have enough cargos to load.
“We have started from somewhere: from one to two rails, and from there we can increase it to four or five rails.
“We are talking with NRC on how we can increase the capacity to meet the yearnings of customers who want to use the services of the rail corporation. Time spent on the movement is a minimum of forty-eight hours and a maximum of seventy-two,” Yusuf said.