The Nigerian Railway Corporation resumes movement of cargoes in containers by rail from Lagos to Kano and Kaduna.
ICNL boss says movement of containers by rail now cost half of what is presently spent on road haulage.
In addition, ICNL boss said the time-saving operation will further ensure the safety of the consignments.
In line with its plan to revive the sector, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) says it has resumed the rail movement of container freights from Apapa, Lagos to Inland Dry Ports in Kaduna and Kano.
According to Managing Director of Inland Containers Nigeria Limited (ICNL), Ismail Yusuf, cargoes in about forty containers have so far been moved so far. He also said an additional forty empty containers have been returned through the same mode to Lagos from the Kano and Kaduna Dry Port.
Yusuf explained that the movement of containers by rail now cost half of what is presently spent on road haulage. In addition, he said the time-saving operation will further ensure the safety of the consignments.
“As you know the Federal Government is encouraging the Nigerian Railway Corporation to ensure movement of cargo from the seaport to the hinterland and this is very critical to our Kano bonded terminal and Kaduna Inland Dry Port, which is our subsidiary company.
“Management of ICNL and that of the railway corporation discussed the modalities of how they can come back to life. We thank God that our request has been acceded to and this is the outcome of our discussion.
“It has been fruitful and the railway corporation had commenced movement of cargo from the seaport to the hinterland, that is to ICNL and Kaduna Dry Port.”
Yusuf further added that ICNL is still in talks with NRC to deploy additional coaches to the port operation because his company has cargoes on the ground to be moved.