Governor Atiku Bagudu had informed President Boni Yayi that the Kebbi state government of Nigeria would establish a Dry Port at Illo (an area of 4,782 km² and a population of 237,817 at the 2006 census,) a border town with Benin Republic. Illo town is located in Bagudo Local Government Area in Kebbi State, Nigeria, sharing a boundary with the Republic of Benin. The establishment would also include an international market to fast track the development of the Dry Port in the area.
Governor Atiku Bagudu, who led a high-powered Kebbi State delegation on a three-day visit to Benin Republic, commenced dialogue with the Beninese President Boni Yayi in Cotonou and was accompanied by the country’s ambassador to Nigeria, Muhutalo Laleye and Director, National Boundary Commission, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed, were received at the Nigeria border point by the Prime Minister of Benin Republic, Lionel Zinson.
President Boni Yayi, commended the governor for hastening the border area development project and pledged to ensure the success of the program, especially as it would cement relationship and African integration and appointed General Manager of the Port of Cotonou in Benin Republic, Dr. Samuel Katcho, to lead the Benin delegation in the bilateral discussion, stressing that provision of road, dry port and infrastructure would engender economic activities in the area. Katcho stated 35% of business activities at the Cotonou port involved Nigerians, stressing that the discussion would ensure benefits to both countries.
Kebbi is a state in north-western Nigeria with its capital at Birnin-Kebbi as was created out of a part of Sokoto State in 1991 and is mainly populated by Hausa people, with some members of Bussawa, Dukawa, Kambari and Kamuku ethnic communities. Kebbi State is bordered by Sokoto State, Niger State (both in Nigeria,) Dosso Region in the Republic of Niger and the Benin Republic. It has a total area of 36,800 km².
A dry port (sometimes inland port) is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the transshipment of sea cargo to inland destinations. In addition to their role in cargo transshipment, dry ports may also include facilities for storage and consolidation of goods, maintenance for road or rail cargo carriers and customs clearance services. The location of these facilities at a dry port relieves competition for storage and customs space at the seaport itself.