In its bid to make Onitsha River Port functional and to decongest Lagos Ports, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has outlined plans to move containers from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port through Burutu Port in Delta.
NIWA’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Jibril Darda`u disclosed this in a statement on Monday, in Onitsha.
Darda`u explained that in order to put the plans into operation, NIWA is to engage the services of a private firm, Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited (ACTL).
“The idea of hauling containers via Burutu Ports to Onitsha River port is to deliberately avoid the two small bridges of Gbarekolo and Bomandi.
“The two bridges are tiny and shallow for sea moving badges or vessels to ply through.
“That is why ACTL is considering the route from Lagos Ports to Burutu Port then to Onitsha River Port as final destination,” he explained.
The general manager said the agency was targeting hauling 1,000 containers per trip, from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port, in four days, adding that NIWA was engaging the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders, to facilitate the commencement of the cargo haulage.
Darda`u expressed the readiness of NIWA to partner with ACTL, in achieving the historic transshipment from Lagos Ports via Burutu Port to Onitsha River Port as final destination.