Work Towards Early Takeoff of Lokoja Dry Port, DG NSC Charges Stakeholders

Work Towards Early Takeoff of Lokoja Dry Port, DG NSC Charges Stakeholders
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Mr. Edwin Ignatius, the Director-General of the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) in Kogi State, has tasked all parties involved in the export value chain in Kogi State to cooperate in order to hasten Harris Logistics Domestic Export Warehouse, which is the Lokoja Dry Port, into operation.

After viewing the ongoing construction at the Harris Logistics Domestic Export Warehouse and Dry Port in Lokoja, Ignatius gave the instruction during a meeting with important stakeholders on the Export Value Chain.

He emphasized that the benefits of the Dry Port when it is operating remain intangible. In order to create employment and other prospects, Ignatius urged the stakeholders to work toward the Dry Port’s early completion, according to Leadership reports.

The stakeholders that attended the meeting that was called at the instance of the Nigerian Shippers Council included the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kogi Enterprises Development Agency, Shippers Association, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigeria Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), Kogi State Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Zenith Bank and United Bank for Africa (UBA) (UBA).

The Dry Port in Lokoja, one of the 12 being developed around the nation, would help with cargo consolidation and lower operating costs, according to the NSC director-general.

He emphasized the significant benefits of the Port and urged all parties involved to take all reasonable steps to make it operational.

The location of Kogi State, he said, was one that had caused the federal government to locate two ports in Lokoja and Ajaokuta, and he encouraged the pertinent stakeholders to make commitments that will make the Dry Port operational.

The Director General expressed satisfaction with the workmanship and equipment at the Dry Port and gave the Shippers Council his commitment to work toward ensuring that standard operating procedures are followed to save operating costs and allow the Port to launch sooner.
He urged political will on the part of the national and state governments, as well as the other important participants in the value chain, to enable the Port’s quick launch.


He praised Harris Logistics Domestic Export Warehouse for the development of the Dry Port.

Hassan D. Hassan, Head, Development Finance Officer, CBN, reiterated the apex bank’s passion for seeing to the early launch of the Port in his remarks, expressing the commitment and determination of CBN to the actualisation of the Dry Port.

Mr. Hassan praised Harris Logistics Domestic Export Warehouse for contributing to the project with cutting-edge machinery and guaranteeing CBN cooperation.

He reminded the pertinent parties of the need for increased participation to ensure the Port’s launch.

Hajia Amina Abdulmalik, the Trade Promotion Adviser for the Nigerian Export Promotion Council in Kogi State, stated in her remarks that she had observed some obvious obstacles impeding the port’s takeoff and had pledged to work with the relevant authorities to make this happen quickly.

Mohammed Olufemi, chairman and chief executive officer of Harris Logistics Domestic Export Warehouse, spoke at the meeting and stated that the Dry Port is 95% finished and almost ready for commissioning. He also stated that once operational, the Dry Port will serve exporters in the North-Central region of Nigeria.

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