Kebbi to set up dry port on Nigeria, Benin Republic border
KEBBI State Governor Atiku Bagudu, and officials of the Republic of Benin have commenced discussion on the establishment of a dry port on Nigeria/Benin border.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that before the meeting, Bagudu had met with President Boni Yayi in Cotonou, during which they held talks on measures needed to stem disputes on the two countries common border.
Atiku had informed President Yayi that Kebbi would establish a dry port at Illo, a border town with Benin Republic to engender economic activities in the area.
He also said that the state would construct roads and other services to encourage people along the border to be meaningfully engaged. According to the governor, the border area development project would stop the recurring conflict among communities in both countries.
Yayi had pledged to ensure the success of the project especially as it would improve relationship and foster African integration. He announced the appointment of Dr. Samuel Katcho, the general manager of Port of Cotonou, to lead the Benin delegation in the discussion.
Katcho later told NAN that the project would strengthen economic ties between his country and Nigeria. According to him, 35 percent of business activities at the Cotonou port involved Nigerians, stressing that the dry port would provide immense benefits to both countries.