Evacuation of cargo from the nation’s seaports by rail has begun. The move, which will be replicated in all the nation’s seaports by the end of this year, starts today in Nigeria’s premier port, Apapa Quay, Lagos.
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) which confirmed the development in a statement issued in Lagos said the evacuation of container from Apapa port by rail from August 23 was in line with its strategy of continuously increasing its sphere of operations. Besides easing the burden on the roads, the move is expected to significantly reduce the number of heavy-duty vehicles, particularly tankers and trailers who daily pass through the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway to access the Lagos Port Complex (LPC), and Tin Can Island Port (TCIP), Apapa, to carry their consignments or drop empty containers.
The statement, signed by NRC Deputy Director, Public Relations, Mr. David Ndakotsu, said the launch of the movement of cargo by rail begins from APM terminal in Apapa port to Inland Container Nigeria Limited (ICNL) depots in Kaduna and Kano.