Senate Chief Whip and the former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has lauded the Federal Government for revamping Onitsha River Port.
Commending the FG following the successful completion of a trial barge trip (carrying containers) from Onne Port to Onitsha Port on Tuesday, Kalu said the resumed activities at Onitsha Seaport will boost economic activities in the South East and ultimately create employment opportunities and wealth for Nigerians.
Also commending the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), the Chief Whip stressed that with the functioning of Onitsha Seaport, exporters and importers, would be relieved of the stress of transporting containers by road from different ports to the South East and vice versa.
His words: “With the commencement of activities at Onitsha Seaport, businesses will thrive further in the South East.
“The bottlenecks being faced by exporters and importers will be reduced as containers can now by transported from Onne Port and other ports through the waterways to Onitsha Seaport and vice versa.
“The activities in the seaport will drive industrilaisation and sustainable development in Onitsha and South East at large.
“The revamping of Onitsha River Port is another feat achieved by the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari”
While urging the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) and Abia State government to fast track the completion and commissioning of Aba Inland Container Deport (ICD) at Avor Ntigba, Isiala Ngwa North LGA of Abia state, noted that the South East has untapped economic potentials.