Funtua Dry Port commissioned, to create jobs, increase economic activities

The biggest dry port in Northern Nigeria, which was acquired in Katsina State under former President Obasanjo’s Public-Private Partnership, was commissioned on Monday, August 18, by the owner of the acquiring company, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab.

According to the Daily Trust Newspaper report, Mutallab said the port, which is situated in Funtua, would provide job opportunities for the youths, aside its tremendous economic benefits for states in the North West and the entire Northern region.

He said, “The journey that culminates today began way back in 2003 when this company won the bid for the concession of the Funtua Dry Port as part of the Public Private Partnership policy of the then administration.
“The idea to use this site was due to the fact that the site has the basic facilities. These facilities include access road, electricity, water, offices, warehouse and rail line.

“These facilities, however, require improvement, and we are pleased to hear from His Excellency that all these facilities would be improved immediately.”

Mutallab said the project would gulp about N7 billion after it was reviewed in April this year from the initial estimate of N3 billion in 2003.