Railway: Nigeria launches first dry port

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned Nigeria’s first dry (inland) port, an inland cargo terminal directly connected by rail to a seaport.

After commissioning new rail vehicles at the Rigasa train station in Kaduna on Thursday, January 4, 2018, President Buhari rode on a train to Kakuri at the outskirts of Kaduna to commission the dry port, report says.

The president said the port will boost the economy of the nation, create more job openings and provide shipping services even without a seaport.

He urged stakeholders to make optimal use of the facility and avoid visiting unnecessary hardship on Nigerians who use it too.

Earlier, while commissioning ten new coaches and two new locomotives at the Rigasa station, the president reaffirmed the intention of his administration to thoroughly implement the federal government’s 25-year railway master plan.

According to report, government had purchased the new rail vehicles to reduce the stress of passengers whose large volume currently overwhelms facilities and had encouraged ticket racketeering and other sharp practices on the train route.

Minister of Transport Rotimi Amaechi said railway transport is almost becoming a new trend in Nigeria through the recent efforts of government to expand its facilities.

Amaechi said this expansion of railway facilities is an indication that ticket racketeering will no longer be seen and passengers will no longer protest at the train stations because of inadequate services.

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