By Adaku Walter
The Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) has urged private business owners to take advantage of the logistics facilities and expertise of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port.
Executive Secretary of KADIPA, Khalil Nur Khalil, who said this during a visit to the dry port, commended management of the KIDP for its pioneering role and promised to work towards achieving a more business-friendly environment for investors in the state.
He described the KIDP as one of the business sensitization effort capable of contributing to making the state a major investment destination in Nigeria and the African continent.
Khalil said KADIPA would be involved in driving sensitization on the advantages of using the port and that the state government will encourage companies across the state to integrate into the global value chain that will generate employment, enhance import and export within and beyond Kaduna.
After a guided tour of the port, General Manager of KIDP, Rotimi Raimi-Hassan, said the inland dry port is constantly improving to provide world-class dry port services to the business community in the state.
He said the port is driven by professionalism and global best practices as it has a highly skilled and experienced workforce in maritime and general logistics.
Raimi-Hassan added that the port is ready to commence operations, as a Domestic Export Warehouse (DEW) recently approved and supported by the Federal Government through the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC).
He said the port is equipped with the right technology, cargo handling facilities, sheds, trucks and reliable manpower that would assist in achieving seamless export cargo movement from Kaduna to other ports of loading.