Port Harcourt Port Operators have described the poor state of common users facilities in the Port.
The common users facilities include the deplorable condition of industry road leading to the port, poor power supply, lack of water supply in the port, hazardous environment of the port and other utilities.
Reacting to the issue, a transporter at the port, Chief James Tompreye expressed his displeasure over the deplorable condition of industry road, the major access road linking Azikiwe Road, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Reclamation Road.
Tompreye acknowledged the fact that the port is a federal government parastatal, but appealed to the Rivers State Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi to extend his massive road rehabilitation programme to industry road to ease haulage of goods, stressing that some of the trailers that ply the road had broken down due to the poor condition of the road.
A dockworker LoloTamuno, who spoke to The Tide, blamed the woes of the port on the indigenous companies and multi national corporations operating within the area, saying that the companies have failed on their social responsibilities by not contributing to the development of their immediate environment, having contributed to the poor state of the road.
He noted that the road joints reclamation road (with and bush), industry road to Azikiwe road (supabod junction), pointing out that the companies that operate within the axis which include, NPA, Dangote Cement and salt, Federal salt company, BUA cement, Floor Mills, Union Dicon salt, Oando, Ibeto Cement, Magcobar, Dresser Atlas and others, should contribute their resources and rehabilitated the road than waiting for the government.
Tamuno maintained that the 30 metric tons of trailers carrying cement, salt, flour, Bitumen, containers, oil tankers and other consignments that ply the road daily are responsible for the deplorable condition of the road.
He urged the companies to help themselves than seeking for government intervention since the road plays important role in the distribution of their respective products.