A Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), Chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has taken a swipe at the same time as he faulted the Federal Authorities for neglecting Ports positioned within the South-South area of Nigeria, describing it as “conspiracy”.
Onuesoke who made the statement whereas addressing Maritime Journalists throughout his go to to Tin-Can Island Ports, Apapa-Lagos, on Thursday, said that regardless of the heavy congestion in each Apapa Wharf and Tin-Can Island ports which had resulted in misplaced of income working into tens of millions of Naira yearly, the Federal Authorities remains to be adamant in creating different Ports within the South-South area of the nation.
He alleged that the beneath utilization of Koko, Sapele, Oghara, Burutu, Calabar, Ogulagha, Port Harcourt, Onne and different ports positioned within the South-south area of the nation by succeeding governments on the Federal degree is a conspiracy to frustrate these within the South-south to develop economically.
“They are doing it purposely to ensure that revenue derivable from seaports is restricted to Lagos state alone whereas, other states where we have seaports remain underutilized. That is the conspiracy at .. It is a conspiracy and it is in vicious circle from government to another. No succeeding government had ever deemed it fit to develop those ports. They know the socio-economic impact a functional port will make and so they want it concentrated only in the West,” Onuesoke who was a former governorship aspirant argued.
He queried why the Federal Authorities wish to develop Epe and Badagry ports, spend cash to create inland ports within the north when Koko, Sapele, Oghara, Burutu, Calabar, Ogulagha, Port Harcourt and Onne ports amongst others within the South-south area which might be already out there naturally are underutilized,
“The action is waste of Tax payers’ fund. Development of Epe and Badagry ports will increase the congestion in Lagos which had already been over crowded. Why did the Federal Government not spend the money it wants to use to develop both Epe and Badagry ports in some of the ports in the South-south region? This will give room to equitable spread of wealth, development and create job opportunities for those in the South-south,” Onuesoke said.
He defined that if the South-south ports have been developed, it might elevated enterprise actions and elevated era of income therefore ships which might be diverted to different West-African nations’ ports due to congestions in Lagos ports would berth in Nigeria.
“It will equally relieve Lagos ports of congestion and delay in cargoes clearance. Everybody in Nigeria will be happy for it mostly Lagos. Those in Lagos mostly in Apapa, Olodi, Ajegunle,Ijora cannot move freely nowadays because of the traffic gridlock caused by congested Lagos ports”, he noticed.