Abiola Seun |
Eight years after completion and abandonment of the Onitsha River Port, the port is set to commence full operations by the first quarter of 2021.
Recall that the Onitsha River port was built under the administration of President Shehu Shagari in 1983 and had been lying fallow and completely underutilized until 2012 when it was rehabilitated and commissioned by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
But, the Area Manager of NIWA Office Onitsha, Anambra State, Mrs Queen Uba, during an interactive session with newsmen in Onitsha said that NIWA had been making frantic efforts toward full operation of the port in the South East since Dr. George Moghalu assumed office.
She also disclosed that the commencement of operation of Onitsha River Port was being put on hold due to the ongoing concessioning process.
Also speaking at the session, the Onistha River Port Manager, Mr. Baba Spencer, said the port was ready for use with all the facilities needed to operate effectively in place.
“While the concession is ongoing, the Connect Rail Services Limited has been contracted to use the port stacking yard as a bonded terminal to kick-start the functionalities of the port operation on temporary basis until the concession is fully concluded.”
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