In furtherance of the ease of doing business mantra in the maritime sector and for both regional and national economic growth, shippers in Anambra State have called on the Federal Government to gazette and make the Onitsha River Port functional.
A�A�A�Coming barely two weeks after a similar cry by the Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, President of the Anambra Shippersa�� Association, Mr. Emma Akpaka, said the port, which was inaugurated in 2012 by former President Goodluck Jonathan after its reconstruction, could sustain the nationa��s economy if put to optimum use.
A�A�A�Considering the porta��s proximity to the Onitsha Main Market, Akpaka said the delay in putting it to effective use is worrisome as peoplea��s expectations for the take-off of economic activities in the port have been differed for too long.
A�A�A�According to him, a�?to abandon it for over six years after its completion and inauguration is an invitation of self-inflicted hardship.
A�A�A�Shippers in the South-East are begging President Muhammadu Buhari to gazette this port (to put it) in the global shipping map so that customs and relevant agencies will immediately enforce economic activities (there).
A�A�A�a�?Apart from revenue and job creation, there would be the massive development of inland waterways of host communities as well.
A�A�A�a�?Recently, the Kaduna Dry Port was commissioned by President Buhari. As we speak, the port is operational. Let the same feat be duplicated in Onitsha River Port instead of different strokes for different folks.
A�A�A�a�?Again, let the benchmark in Nigerian ports be the same across board instead of promoting price differentials by government agencies, who use it to frustrate shipment of containers to the eastern ports.
A�A�A�a�?If the Royal Niger Company (now UAC) used this port before and after Nigeriaa��s Independence for its import and export, why cana��t we do same in this millennium when technology has greatly influenced the ease of doing business?a�?