The Onitsha seaport was on Tuesday commissioned after several years of construction works.
The declaration was made by Tolu Ogunlesi, the media aide to the president, in a series of Tweets on his Twitter handle, @toluogunlesi.
“So someone just pointed out to me that on the Maersk website, Onitsha is now available as a port of final destination. A vessel departing Shanghai Oct 10 (this Sat) has Onitsha listed as terminal port (arrival Dec 2, 2020).”
Ogunlesi added that container ships of Maersk were expected to berth in Onne from China where they will be offloaded and the containers bound for Onitsha will be barged down, therefore removing the need to call first in Lagos.
The Nigerian government under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan had committed more than N4.5 billion in reconstructing the abandoned port.
The port’s concession process is currently under way.
“The concessioning of the Onitsha River Port has started and we will be travelling to the Port of Antwerp for due diligence.
“Within my one year of stay, I want to make water transport the choicest transport in the country, and with the support of stakeholders, it can be achieved,” said George Moghalu, managing director National Inland Waterways Authority said.
“The concessioning is to reduce to the barest, Government’s involvement in the management of the ports,” he added.
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Delay rocks Nigerian govt’s promise of N30,000 covid-19 relief for artisans, others
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February, 2020, Chukwudi Okoroigwe’s daily earnings as a bus driver was hardly enough to cater to the...
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...