National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) is set to engage the services of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited (ACTL) to move containers from Lagos Ports to Onitsha River Port via Burutu Port in Delta State.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of NIWA, Jibril Darda`u disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, after the proposal defense of ACTL at NIWA Liaison Office in Abuja.
The Chairman of ACTL Chief Kenneth Donye, during the proposal defense described the transshipment from Lagos Port via Burutu Port to Onitsha River Port as noble and historic, also expressing his company’s readiness to partner NIWA in achieving it.
According to NIWA, the partnership with ACTL is to enable Onitsha River Port become functional and also decongest the Lagos Ports .
Explaining the need to go through Burutu Port in Delta State, NIWA stated that Gbarekolo and Bumandi bridge are too small, tiny and shallow for sea moving badges or vessels to ply through, hence the need to avoid them and find alternative routes.
The Managing Director of NIWA Chief Dr. George Moghalu further 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 4 days.
The Managing Director added that NIWA is also engaging Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and other stakeholders to facilitate the commencement of the Cargo haulage.