The Maritime, Energy
Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MEMPON) has called on the Federal Government to keep to its promise by making the various roads leading to the Ports in Rivers State accessible and motorable.
The body in a communiqué issued at the end of its new year meeting held in Port Harcourt last Friday and signed by its National President, Dr Ralph John and the secretary general, Hon Golden Onyeama said the call became necessary because of the economic importance of the ports to the maritime sector of the country.
The communiqué has it that MEMPON believed that improving the East-West link roads to Onne and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Rivers Port in Port Harcourt will reduce the challenges facing cargo trucking from the ports to their respective areas of destinations.
It stated that the deplorable condition of the roads had been posing a great concern to the business and maritime communities, stressing that efforts should be intensified in ensuring that they are in a motorable condition with specification before the end of the first quarter of this year as earlier promised.
It also called on the governments to bring back the era of groundnut pyramids, cocoa and oil palm plantation which used to be a major income earner in the pre-and post independence era in the country, adding that such would help improve and stabilise the nation’s economy as well as prevent the economy from imminent collapse.
The organisation enjoined all stakeholders both in maritime, oil and gas sectors to leave no stone unturned in improving their efficiency and professionalism in the course of their business activities in 2015.
In the communiqué, MEMPON solicited for closer ranks with the NPA, Nigeria Customs Services (NCS), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Port Harcourt Refineries , the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Association of Nigeria Licenced Customs Agents (ANLCA) INTELS, Onne Oil and Gas Export Free Zone, Concessionaires and Terminal Operators, among others in order to ensure maximum productivity and better business atmosphere in the state.