The federal government has said that the Onitsha port will be concessioned before end of 2017.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who made this known said the concession of Onitsha river port will be completed before the end of 2017.
He stated this at the National Inland Waterways Authority’s (NIWA) 2nd International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) 2017 on Tuesday 25th July 2017 in Lagos.
Amaechi said that the Onitsha port was fully equipped and commissioned in January 2013 and called on NIWA to procure bigger dredgers to perform optimally.
The Minster said;
“The Onitsha port was fully equipped and commissioned in January 2013.
“It has now received ministerial approval for the advert of Expressing of Interests (EOIs),” Amaechi said.
“We are also scheduled to complete the construction and installation of cargo handling equipment at the Baro, Lokoja and Oguta Ports and a number of jetties and landing platforms in many communities along the waterways in 2017.
“NIWA is responsible for the dredging and government had not spent up to N100 million.
“We have come with the Change Agenda and we expect that people are disciplined to be able to deliver on their mandate.
“This conference is to project NIWA to the outside world, develop a platform to attract investors, sensitize the public on the authority’s gamut of activities and investment opportunities,’’
“NIWA under its new leadership has been able to look inwards through their in-house engineers and have commenced the maintenance dredging of Ajaokuta to Onitsha channels of River Niger and this saved the country huge sum of money.”
“I am imploring NIWA to procure bigger dredgers that have capacity to perform better that they had been doing.”
The NIWA Managing Director, Mr. Boss Mustapha in his response said that NIWA is restructuring to create functional departments to handle concession lease.
“NIWA is also restructuring to create functional departments and business units that will specifically handle the potential of Public Private Partnership agreement on concession lease.’’
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