Containers Now Transported To Kaduna Dry Port By Rail From Apapa – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that containers are now being transported by rail from Apapa port in Lagos to the Inland Container Nigeria Limited (ICNL) depot in Kaduna.The Minister, who said this on Monday at the opening ceremony of the 15th National Council on Transportation in Sokoto, also stated that the development of intermodal transportation would reduce transport fares and create more jobs in the country.Amaechi, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sabiu Zakari, said intermodal transportation would reduce congestion at the ports and create jobs.He said government has made modest strides in linking Apapa port to rail, saying bonded containers are being transported by rail from Apapa port to the Kaduna depot.Amaechi said plans were also underway to connect all the seaports, airports and all the Inland Container Depots by rail.“The development of intermodal transportation would reduce the cost of transportation, the influx of people and trucks to port cities thereby reducing congestion at the ports.“Create jobs by the optimal utilization of the various modes, develop modern transport infrastructure as the need arises and extend the life of the already existing ones.“By reducing the over reliance in a single mode, like we have done on the road mode in Nigeria,” Amaechi said.The minister acknowledged that the economy was down and needs the transportation sector to contribute immensely to the economy.Declaring the event open, the Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu called for the extension of railway lines from Kaura Namoda in Zamfara State to Sokoto.Aliyu, also the state Commissioner for Works and Transports, urged the Federal Government to establish Inland port in Illela Local Government, being centre for commerce.The deputy governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Bello Abubakar, expressed government’s readiness to revive business activities in the state.Presenting his first lecture, Dr Aminu Yusuf, the Director General, Nigeria Institutes of Transport and Technology (NITT), Zaria, called for integration of transportation sector to model system.He said that Nigeria is signatory to World Trade Organisation (WTO), hence the need for liberation of transportation to international standard.