The biggest dry port in the North, which was
acquired in Katsina State under former
president Obasanjo’s Public-Private Partnership,
was commissioned yesterday by the owner of
the acquiring company, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab.
Mutallab said the port, 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
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
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.