By Abolaji Adebayo
Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) has declared that the establishment of six dry ports in all the six geo-political zones across the country was majorly to boost and facilitate easier exportation of agricultural produce by the local farmers.
It stated that it was established in the interest of the local producers to harness the opportunities available in the export sector and make the nation’s hinterland a hub of some sort with economic interest in mind.
Speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, said the new ports, in all the six geo-political zones, were among the facilities put in place to help local farmers espouse their products to the international community.
He advised the farmers to explore the availability of the newly-established dry ports in parts of the country to boost and espouse their local products to the international markets, adding that it was pertinent for them to add value to their produce and make them acceptable to international standard to attract foreign exchange.
“We are targeting huge exports from the ports to change the import orientation of Nigerians,’’ Bello said.
He said that efforts were being made to link all the dry ports by rail to make for easy transportation.