Nigerian govt awards contract for dredging of River Benue – Amaechi

River Benue[Photo Credit: Nigeria Galleria]
River Benue[Photo Credit: Nigeria Galleria]

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Federal Government has awarded contract for the dredging of the critical part of River Benue.

Mr. Amaechi, who disclosed this at the 2017 budget defence before members of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport on Thursday in Abuja, said that work will soon commence.

PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16). 4482/20/6/2016/BJO/NAN
PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16).
4482/20/6/2016/BJO/NAN

He said the project was a fallout of the decision of the Federal Government to maximize the use of the resources of 12 major rivers in the country.

The minister added that the capital dredging of the Lower River Niger from Warri to Baro, covering a distance of 572 kilometres had also commenced.

He added that Baro River Port had achieved 95 per cent completion, adding that arrangement was being made for the provision of cargo handling equipment and turning of the basin to port.

According to him, government has approved the upward review of fees and tariffs for the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), to enable the country look inward and improve its economic base.

He said the government was determined to encourage a river dependent sustainable economic development through marine transportation.

“The 2017 budget is for economic recovery and growth, therefore, the Federal Ministry of Transportation and its agencies under the 2017 budget seek to consolidate and sustain the achievements and performances recorded in the past years.

“We will focus on the sustainability of the gains achieved in the sector, in terms of port infrastructure development, maritime administration, human capacity building and effective technical and economic regulation.

“The Federal Executive Council has approved the Outline Business Case (OBC) for Ibom Deep Sea Port on 60, 20, 20 per cent basis between the concessionaire, Akwa Ibom government and Nigerian Ports Authority.

“On Badagry deep sea port, FEC has approved the OBC for the project to be funded 100 per cent by the proponent,” the minister said.

Ahmed Yerima, Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, said the senate was committed to ensuring that objectives of the 2017 budget were achieved through oversight functions.

Mr. Yerima said that as soon as the budget proposal was considered and approved, rigorous oversight would follow to ensure proper implementation.

He said that the senate would work with the executive to get the country out of recession, adding that they would support any agency of government that showed commitment.

The Chairman, however, said the committee had approved the ministry’s N1.3 billion budget estimate for 2017.

(NAN)


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  • Iskacountryman

    make sure you do not touch the river niger…

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Would love to see the day when the Niger Delta becomes the gateway to Nigeria by sea and both Rivers Benue and Nigeria becomes a tributary that truly opens our inland waterways to commercial activities.

    Both Lagos and Badagry should be focused on becoming a maritime hub for the Atlantic shelf of the West African coast.

  • john

    Mr. Rotimi Amaechi should please open up the Ports in Calabar, Warri and Harcout where all kinds of goods can be imported through into the country in order to decongest Apapa Port in Lagos State. This will give room for decentralization of industries leading to more job creation in other parts of the county. Mr Amaechi should not make the same mistakes he accused former President Jonathan of.

    • Rommel

      Why not where all sorts of goods can be exported from the country,if you export,would it kill Nigeria?

      • john

        Vice versa. Are you a General in the British Army?