Executive Secretary of the Nigerian shipper’s Council (NSC), Captain Adamu Biu has assured that Nigerian shippers operating in the southeast will optimise the use of the newly-commissioned Onitsha River Port for their operations. He was speaking recently in Lagos. “For a start, I made the shippers’ associations in Anambra State and the Southeast to be all present at the commissioning date.
The operation of the port’s facility would tinker favourably, as the cost of cargo clearing in the Southeast will reduce automatically. “The facility at the port would make most traders in the Southeast, especially those without the capacity to go to Lagos, Port Harcourt or Warri to operate from Onitsha, even at cheaper cost. “The market is there.
The government of Anambra State has also demonstrated to us that the port of Onitsha is the commercial hub in the sub-region of West Africa. Speaking on inland Container Deports, he said the south east operators can now transport hundreds of containers to the ICDs and it is just adding value to the transport industry, if you ask me.” According the NSC boss, the river port would effectively accomplish the visions of the Federal
Government to build a stage for improve the economy and employment of the people in the region. He commended the Federal Government for the political will to dredge the River Niger and commission the river port. “It is the commercial users that will have to provide barges, because barges must be provided for transportation of hundreds of containers of goods to the bonded terminals.
People must see the value of providing barges. And when you do that, you are creating jobs, because people must man these barges,” Biu added. In terms of publicity he charged the media to give adequate information to the world at large about this laudable development. .