Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) has urged private business owners to take advantage of the logistics facilities and expertise of the state’s Inland Dry Port.

The Executive Secretary of KADIPA, Khalil Nur Khalil, who said this during a visit to the dry port, commended the KIDP management for its pioneering role and promised to work towards achieving a more business-friendly environment for investors in Kaduna.

He described the KIDP as one of the landmark business edifice capable of contributing to making the state the number one investment destination in Africa.

Khalil said KADIPA will be involved in driving sensitisation 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, the General Manager, 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.

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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) as recently approved and supported by the Federal Government and Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC).

He said the port is equipped with the right technology, cargo handling facilities, sheds, trucks and reliable manpower that will assist in achieving seamless export cargo movement from Kaduna State to ports of loading.