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Shippers’ Council unveils operational manual for Inland Dry Port

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
22 July 2022   |   2:36 am
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has unveiled an operational manual, a working document for the nation's Inland Dry Ports (IDPs) to promote efficient maritime operation in the hinterlands.

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has unveiled an operational manual, a working document for the nation’s Inland Dry Ports (IDPs) to promote efficient maritime operation in the hinterlands.

Besides, the council pledged to eliminate the traditional congestion and bottleneck across the hinterland ports while enhancing efficiency and engendering trade facilitation at the new land ports.

NSC unveiling operational manual for the nation’s Inland Dry Ports (IDPs)


Speaking at the official launch in Kano, Executive Secretary of the council, Emmanuel L. Jime, disclosed that the operational manual was produced to articulate the step-by-step procedures for receiving, storing, handling and delivery of cargoes at the IDPs.

He said the working document which would also be unveiled in Port-Harcourt and Lagos, is intended to bring stakeholders in other regions in the country on board the reform, adding that immediately after the process is concluded, the operators and regulators would be compelled to abide with the operational processes as contained in the manual.

“Specifically, the manual describes functions and activities of the dry ports; specifies layout design; outlines the activities that are to be performed at the dry port, laying down the sequence of operations; addresses dry port operations procedures as it relates to export and import activities; aligns dry port operations to international best practices, and ensures standard quality control in dry port operations,” he said.

Represented by Phillip Eduwa, the council’s Director of Inland Transport, Jime noted that while the manual is based on the international best practices, it has been adapted to the local context and since each dry port will have its own specialities, organisational implementation, lay-out constraints and services offered, aspects of it that relates to these will be amended in a case-by-case basis.

On his part, the Minister of Transportation, Muazu Jaji Sambo, who was represented by a Deputy Director in the ministry, Ewache Victor, harped on the significance of the manual and urged all stakeholders in the sector to ensure full implementation of the operational manual as a workable policy document that will drive the operations of the Inland dry ports in Nigeria.

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Commerce, Ibrahim Mukhtar, expressed optimism that when the Dala Dry Inland Port in Kano is commissioned later in the year, it will bring more employment opportunities not only to Kano people, but also people across the country, especially the northern states, boosting their internally generated revenue.