Inland Container Nigeria Limited (ICNL); operators of Kaduna Inland Dry Port (KIDP) has expressed its confidence competence to run the Onitsha River Port.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos recently, Managing Director of ICNL; Mr Yusuf Ismail said that the company has tendered it's bidding for the concessioning of the Onitsha River Port, even as he expressed confidence that the company has what it takes to operate the port.
Ismail also said that as the first successful ICD operator in Nigeria, other operators of ICDs in all the geo-political zones of Nigeria have been coming to his company for advice on how to run ICD projects. According to him, one of the companies is the Edo Inland Container Depot.
He disclosed that, "we participated in the bidding for concession of Onitsha River Port which we are waiting for the result. So any time from now the Federal Government will announce the winner. If we are lucky to win it, we are going to run the Onitsha River port too".
Speaking on the company’s capacity to run the Onitsha port, he said, "what is the difference between the seaport and the dry port? Let me just tell you, if all the river ports that we have are being run by government, it will make it functional"
Speaking further on the operation of river ports in Nigeria, he said "if government wants it functional, they will call investors to come and invest in them and give them the guidelines. They should put policies in place and there should be a regulatory body that will make sure it works. So that is how it is going to work"
"Everything lies in government, even the port we are looking here in Apapa, Tincan and everywhere; if government wants it to work, it will work.
It wasn’t like this in the early 1990s and early 2000 where people do not have capacity to even run the port, that time it took us 30, 40 days to take container out of the port, but when the invited investors, things changed for the better", he added.