OOnitsha Port Begins Operation, To Receive 1000, Containers In Next Four days

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The National Inland Waterways Authority, has disclosed that Onitsha River Port will start operation and receive at least 1000, containers in the next four days.

 

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The General-Manager, Corporate Affairs of NIWA, Jibril Dardau, who disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday said, that NIWA is partnering Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited, ACTL, to move about 1000 containers in the next four days from the Apapa ports to Onitsha River port via Burutu Port in Delta State.

 

Recall that the call to de-congest Apapa port and other ports in Lagos State, have been consistently made by experts in maritime industry, for a better business and general boosting of the nations economy.

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Experts regret that cargo clearing take days to months which is reportedly not only affecting the maritime sector, but also has caused avoidable traffic congestion in Lagos State. Also affecting the economy of Lagos State and Nigeria.

 

Alluding to this, Jibril Dardau said the reason for “the partnership with ACTL is to enable Onitsha River port to become functional and also de-congest the Lagos ports”.

 

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The Chairman of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited, Chief Kenneth Donye, in the proposal defense of the agreement held at NIWA headquarters, noted that the transhipment from Lagos Port via Burutu Port to Onitsha River Port is noble and historic.

 

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National Inland Waterways Authority, stated that the need to go through Burutu Port in Delta State, was because Gbarekolo and Bumandi bridges are too small, tiny and shallow for sea moving badges or vessels to ply through, hence the need to avoid them and find alternative routes.

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According to the statement, the Managing Director of NIWA, Chief George Moghalu explained that NIWA is targeting about 1,000 containers to be hauled per trip from Lagos ports to Onitsha River port within the maximum duration of four days.

 

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