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Stakeholder Wants FG To Repair NPA Link Roads In Rivers

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A renowned stakeholder in the maritime industry in Rivers State, Comrade Waite Harry, has called on the Federal Government to repair all the link roads to the two ports in the state so as to boost maritime activities in the state.
The Tide reports that Rivers State hosts two of the nation’s ports, Onne Port and Rivers Port Complex, but the roads leading to the two ports are currently in a bad shape.
Waite, who spoke to The Tide last Wednesday in Port Harcourt, said the repairs would attract investors to the ports and also reduce overdependence on Lagos ports
According to him, the poor state of the roads is responsible for the low patronage of the ports by investors and importers.
He argued that truck drivers would prefer doing business where there are good roads, explaining why they prefer Lagos ports to Eastern ports.
Describing both Onne and Rivers ports as the maritime hubs of the region, Waite appealed to the Federal Government through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to carry out immediate repairs on the link roads to the two ports to attract container traffics and improve maritime operations.
“The roads in the Eastern ports are bad, roads to Onne, Rivers ports and even Calabar Port are unfriendly to truck users”, he said.
He said the repair of the roads linking the ports is the responsibility of the Federal Government because the two ports belong to the Federal government and not to the Rivers State Government.
Comrade Waite noted that unlike Tin Can and Apapa ports in Lagos, the Onne and Rivers ports were suffering under utilisation and low patronage by importers due to bad roads.
He also appealed to the management of NPA to provide permanent employment opportunities for the youth to reduce unemployment and restiveness in the region.

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NPA Board: Group Urges Buhari To Review Rickett’s Appointment 

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A Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) support groups in Cross River State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review the appointment of Mr Akin Rickett as Chairman, Governing Board, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
The coalition made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Iso Bassey and Secretary, Mr Edo Owan, in Abuja yesterday.
It urged the president to investigate the process through which Rickett was appointed.
“APC in Cross River has more than enough critical stakeholders, leaders and members, who contributed immensely and reasonably to the growth of the party.
“These relevant stakeholders have cognate experience in leadership and also sacrificed for the party, served the state and country in various capacities.
“APC would be facing a fresh general election in 2023, hence the need to give appointments to political assets and those that would build the party for victory and not to give appointments based on friendship and sentiments.
“And we also urge the president to always consult critical stakeholders in the state in the event of any appointments,” the coalition said.

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Onne Port To Introduce Electronic Truck Call-Up System 

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The management of Onne Port in Rivers State has entered into partnership with the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) to introduce Electronic Truck Call-Up System, to enhance its operations.
The port management said the Electronic Truck Call-Up system would enhance better traffic management in the port.
Manager, Onne Port, Alhasan Ismaila Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, recently.
He said that the system would enhance truck operations from the trailer parks within the port complex.
Abubakar said Dangote Group was also remodelling its jetty at the  Federal Operational Terminal (FOT) at the cost of $28.25 million with an export capacity of two million metric tons of clinker and import capacity of 0.75 million of gypsum.
According to him, both the export and import are expected to commence within the first quarter of 2020.
Abubakar said the port was currently undergoing expansion of its facilities to meet up with the growing bulk of urea export operation by Idorama Terminal.
He said that the urea export operation which is currently over 800 metric tons per annum, is expected to be sustained in 2020 and it was projected to reach two million tons by 2022.

 

By: Chinedu Wosu

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725 Vessels Berthed At Onne Port In 2019-Port Manager

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No fewer than 725 vessels of various capacities and sizes berthed in Onne Port in 2019.
This was as the port management said that there had been a reduction in terms of pirate attacks in the complex.
The port also received a general cargo of 535,336 metric tons in 2019.
This was made known to The Tide by the Manager, Onne Port,  Alhasan Ismaila Abubakar, during an interview in his office, Onne Complex.
He expressed delight that the port now recorded high level of container traffics in the Eastern ports, especially in oil and gas and general industrial equipment.
Abubakar said the port now enjoyed a current permissible draft of 10.6 metres.
Describing the port as the largest trafficker of oil and gas in the region, the manager said, Onne was a multi purpose port across West Africa.
“We can handle all containers, general cargoes, including cars in Onne Port”, he said.
The port manager said the port in 2019 handled over 23,723,453 liquid Bulk as well as  743,707 dry bulk.
The port, Abubakar said, handled 2,522,959 containers as against 2,234,301 in 2018.
He declared that a total of 2,429 boats were serviced in 2019 as against 1,678 in 2018.

 

By: Chinedu Wosu

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