Reps reject move to set up seaport in Edo

House of Reps
House of Reps

The House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a motion to establish Gele-Gele Seaport and concession its management to Edo State Government including declaring it an export and import free trade zone.

The motion which was titled, ‘Need for the Federal Government to Concession Gele-Gele Seaport to Edo State Government and Declare it an Export and Import Free Trade Zone’ was sponsored by Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, lawmaker representing Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency in Edo State.

The motion noted that from its historical importance, the seaport will play a significant role in the economic development of Nigeria as Edo State is connected to various parts of the country, which makes it an economic hub for transportation of merchandise.

Mr. Agbonayinma had defended his motion: ”The establishment and concession of seaport to Edo State Government will not only provide for export free trade zone with enormous trading activities but will also lead to the creation of good road infrastructure and agro-industrial park and container terminals in the state, thereby urbanizing the predominantly rural communities in the state.

”The concession will boost revenue generation, create more jobs, boost economic activities in the state, assist in the decongestion of other seaports, attract foreign investments and ensure increase in timely delivery and distribution of merchandise to consumer markets.”

The lawmakers apparently not convinced rejected the motion. Only a few of the lawmakers believed the move would boost the economy of Edo State and Nigeria.


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  • manager

    Hausas and Yoruba will not allow that and why Jonathan did not do it but he was busy building almajiri school’s all over the North,

    • Otile

      Nigerian lawmakers are mostly dummies. Why did they kill this project? Nigeria is the only country in the world that allows only one seaport to operate for international trading. In the civilized countries international seaports are uncountable. They bring good closer to the ctitzens thereby creating numerous jobs and opportunities. The only seaport allowed to operate in vast Nigeria is badly congested, claiming goods there is like having a near death experience. In the Washington Metropolitan area alone there are many ports such as Baltimore Harbor, Annapolis Harbor, Eastern Shore, Potomic, Norfolk, Solomon’s Island etc etc. In New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois the story is the same. Even in the US hinterlands like Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri all of them have international seaports. River Niger is wider than Rivers Nile and Mississippi yet there are so many seaports along them. Why not PH, Calabar, Onisha, Kainji the one in Edo? The shallow or narrow ones can be expanded. Yes, we have the money to do it. Nigeria is doomed to fail under sheepish leadership.

      • Comrade Emmanuel Omogbai

        This would have gone a long way to boost commercial activities not only in EDO state but also in the country, thereby create employment opportunities for the teeming population.

  • Arabakpura

    When it is a bill to help the NE or North whatever, they will bring in sympathy but this guy was talking about helping the rural communities around there to urbanize and better their lots – No, we can’t support it! We need to restructure!

  • Pluti

    These senators are bunch of cowards, so they want the masses to completely suffer. This is an insult to citizens of Nigeria. The governor should take the citizens to Abuja and shut down the road to NASS office cos those bunch of dumbness in Agbada just destroyed lives

  • ima

    Bad news! When the myopic, unintelligent rules.

  • Abdullah Musa

    I stand with Edo state government, its people.
    They should go to Court.
    Of what economic benefit are the numerous airports built by governors just for kickback sake?

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  • rules_emmanuelO.

    While I congratulate this effort. I would be more convinced of the sincerity of purpose, if already existing facilities are working, and if concerned stakeholders have (and are) making any efforts to revitalize them!

    What is happening to Warri, Port-Harcourt seaports?
    Not to mention the numerous other ‘small’ ports spring across the Niger Delta. Warri alone has about 3, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Calabar etc.
    And the minister of transportation is from this region. Rotimi Amaechi what is he doing?

  • BLOW_UP all Oil installations

    Imagine a rejection of a wonderful developmental idea that sane countries would not fail to exploit. This is the absurdity of a Nigeria where the lethargic North is always suspicious of developmental ideas of the more progressive and dynamic South. By all accounts Edo state has the population and resources to exist as a Nation. In fact, it has been a Nation with its own Army and sovereign leader (King) when they dealt with the economic migrants from Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. How can Nigeria reject this beautiful idea? Of what harm will it be to Nigeria if an additional sea port comes to life? Wouldn’t this create jobs for the jobless youths and other thousands of graduates? Frankly,

    I suggest the youths of Edo state should IMMEDIATELY begin to blow up all oil pipe lines and installation on Edo land. Let no drop of oil be drilled from the land UNTIL this sea port is created. They killed maritime University. Now they are trying to kill Gele gele sea port…whereas the same government is spending billions of Dollars searching for oil in the desert North. The Edo people and the South South must react to this with precision and fiercely too. Make sure no single oil or resources is exploited in Edo state. Period!

  • Wale

    The Edo state governor and government should go ahead and seek private partnership and foreign investors to execute the project. This Nigeria is really a Zoo. I can’t believe a beautiful idea like this will receive this strange attention.

  • FreeNigeria

    Dumb azz NASS, they just showed their true colors again, they don’t care about Nigeria, but their own pockets. Thunder scatter that NASS

  • Timothy

    Why did they not accept it….there must be a reason…is it too costly to establish? Does it pose a security threat to the region? What is their reason? Its a wonderful idea but here we are lawmakers not seeing the bigger picture of increased trade with all regions, increased revenue and increased local employment for the youths…the benefits are enormous…but unless it poses security threat to the region then I would go with the lawmakers but they have to state how it poses a threat to the region…else let it be done

  • amanbruno

    NIGERIA WEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE AS TO BE DISTRIBUTED NATION WIDE, BENIN CITY IS THE MIDDLE OF NIGERIA CONECTING ALL THE 5 REGIONS…..

    THE SEA PORT AND EXPORT TRADE ZONE WE CREATE JOB, HELP REDUCE CARNAGE ON OUR EXPRESS ROAD, SPREAD WEALTH,HELP EITH THE CONGESTION IN LAGOS SEAPORT,HELP INDUSTRIALISED NIGERIA….

    GELEGELE SEAPORT IS THE OLDEST IN WEST AFRICA…. AND THE LAST GOVERNMENT ALREADY APPROVED IT,WHY NOW NOOOOOOO.