Officials of the Kaduna Inland dry port limited have said that the diversification of the nation’s sources of revenue from crude oil exportation to non-oil sector has begun to yield results as the level of export of agricultural and mining produce have increased.
They also said that the port recorded high level of cargo movements of agricultural and mining produces from the port to other countries, just as exports from Niger Republic, Chad, Benin Republic and other neighbouring West African Countries are now to be channeled abroad through the port.
Port General Manager, Rotimi Raimi, said at the seminar organized by the inland dry port in collaboration with Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Kaduna branch, titled “Optimizing importation and exportation of Non-oil produce through Kaduna inland dry port”, said that the revenue drive of the federal government has continued to be enhanced by the volume of non-oil exportation from the north.
According to him, produce that continues to attract high-level export includes ginger, beni seed and other mining products to other countries. Urging for an improved transportation system in the country to ease the activities of the Port, Raimi said, “I will like to seek for support of Nigeria railway corporation to provide more wagons and locomotives to move cargoes from Lagos seaport to our dry port.”
Meanwhile, the director of Port Services, Nigerian Shippers Council, Akin Makinde said that it is in the interest of the government to ensure that both export and import activities are enhanced in the north, in order to improve the nation’s revenue drive.
Nigeria is blessed with mineral resources across the land in our country, we cannot continue to rely on oil produce as our major source of revenue.”