NIWA Engages ACTL in Cargo movement From Lagos Ports to Onitsha
* Targets 1,000 containers per trip
(Report by Udeme Clement ):
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 through Burutu Port in Delta State.
Jibril Darda`u, ANIPR, the
General Manager, Corporate Affairs department, made this known through a press statement.
According to the statement, the idea of hauling containers through Burutu Port to Onitsha River port is to deliberately avoid the two small bridges of Gbarekolo and Bumandi.
The reason being that the two bridges are too tiny and shallow for sea moving 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.
The Managing Director of NIWA, Chief Dr. George Moghalu, disclosed that NIWA 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 MD added, “NIWA is engaging Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders to facilitate the commencement of Cargo haulage”.
Earlier, the Chairman of ACTL, Chief Kenneth Donye, during the proposal defense at NIWA Liaison Office Abuja, before the Management team of NIWA, expressed readiness of his Company to partner with NIWA in carrying out this noble and historic trans-shipment from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port.