By Praise Necherem
The Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) says it is targeting about 1,000 containers to be hauled per trip from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port within the maximum duration of four days.
The agency disclosed this in a statement issued by its general manager, corporate affairs, Jibril Darda`u, saying NIWA was engaging the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders to facilitate the commencement of the cargo haulage.
He said, “In an effort to make Onitsha River Port functional, and to decongest the Lagos Ports, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) is to engage the services of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited (ACTL) to move containers from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port via Burutu Port in Delta state.
“The idea of hauling containers via Burutu Ports to Onitsha River port is to deliberately avoid the two small bridges of Gbarekolo and Bumandi. Because the two bridges are too tiny and shallow for sea moving badges or vessels to ply through, that is why the company (ACTL) is considering the route from Lagos Ports to Burutu Port then to Onitsha River Port as final destination.”
Chairman of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited (ACTL) Chief Kenneth Donye, had during the proposal defence before the NIWA management team, expressed his company’s readiness to partner NIWA in carrying out the noble and historic trans-shipment from Lagos Ports via Burutu Port to Onitsha River Port as final destination.