As a way of proffering solution to the daily and persistent gridlock within Lagos metropolis, especially roads leading to the Apapa Port, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has advised the federal government to direct the nation’s transport ministry to open neglected sea ports in the Niger Delta.
The leader of the group, Roland Pereotubo, made the suggestion on Wednesday, saying that reviving the ports in the southern part of the country would decongest ports in Lagos and consequently solve the traffic challenge in Lagos.
The group bemoaned the deliberate neglect of the ports in the region, including the dockyard in Burutu Island, Koko, Warri, Sapele, deep sea port at Agge community in Bayelsa state, all of which have been neglected by successive governments,
“The ports in the Niger Delta have the capacity to decongest Lagos ports, but Niger Delta region has been deliberately abandoned, segregated and marginalised for long by successive Nigerian governments since independence.
“In Delta State, we have a deep seaport and a dockyard in Burutu Island at which mother vessels can load and off load goods.
“We also have Koko, Warri and Sapele ports that can take care of the problem in Lagos. “The proposed Deep Sea Port at Agge community in Bayelsa State is another economic hub of the country. This also has been abandoned.
“Again, the Calabar port in Cross-Rivers state is another viable economic hub that has received no government attention. “All these ports and others in the region if revamped will solve the problem in Lagos.”
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