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FG invests in transports as alternative to economic diversification – Amaechi

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Commissioning of the North-West Zonal Directorate Office Complex of the Nigerian Shippers Council. Photo/TWITTER/CHIBUIKEAMAECHI

The Minister of Transport, Chief Chibuike Rotimi Amechi, has said the Federal Government investment in the transport sector is the best alternative for economic diversification.

Besides, the minister assured that construction work on Kaduna-Kano Standard gauge rail line will commence before the end of 2021.

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Amechi, who spoke during the unveiling of the North-West Zonal office of Nigeria Shippers’ Council in Kano, explained that the ministry is repositioning economic viability essentially in the non-oil sector.

The minister stressed that given the enabling environment, the transport sector has the potential to widen employment and job opportunities, create wealth and growth for the nation’s international trade.

He emphasised that Kano was strategically chosen to sight the Northwest zone office of the Shippers’ council because of its commercial hub.

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Amechi said the establishment of Dala Inland Dry Port in Kano and other similar dry Cargo port in the North, is part of the effort of the Federal government aimed towards bringing shipping and related services to the doorsteps of the business community in the region.

He said the approved 387 km international rail link standard gauge line coming from Kano to Maradi will create 8.8 million jobs.

According to him: “Kano has been well known as the center of commerce since the advent of tran sahara trade that spanned the desert of North Africa down to West Africa.

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” Our vision is to re-engine the economy by providing the technological driven critical transport infrastructure that will strengthen the Nation logistic value chain and support the development of the non-oil sector.”

On his part, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje applauded the Nigeria Shipper’s council for citing her Northwest zonal office in Kano.

Ganduje explained that Kano was not a wrong setting considering the establishment of Dala Inland Dry Port, which now facilitating the movement of cargo from the wet port to the hinterland.

The governor, however, appealed to the ministry of transport to consider the request of Dala Inland Dry Port seeking to declare their facility as a Port of Origin and Destination, having achieved appreciable progress in the physical development.

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