Buhari Tips Baro Port To Decongest Nigerian Seaports, Roads

Buhari Tips Baro Port To Decongest Nigerian Seaports, Roads
Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari commissioning the Baro River Port in Niger State, yesterday.

By Kenneth Jukpor

Buhari Tips Baro Port To Decongest Nigerian Seaports, Roads

By Kenneth Jukpor

Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari has tipped the Baro River Port to help decongest the seaports in Lagos and other parts of the country.

Buhari who was speaking when he commissioned the N6billion Baro Port in Niger State yesterday, expressed optimism that the port would enhance the nation’s intermodal transport connectivity and ease the burden on the roadson which have been made to carry heavy trucks over the years.

The President revealed his personal attachment to the Baro River Port project, noting that he assisted in the design of the port complex when he served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), a body created by the government of General Sani Abacha, and funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country.

Buhari assured that his administration, if reelected during the forthcoming elections, would rehabilitate the roads leading to Baro port and its environs.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi commended the President for his support and lauded him specially for directing the Ministry to complete all the abandoned projects by the previous administration which included Baro port.

On his part, the Mnaging Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority  (NIWA) Senator Mamora Olorunnimbe has projected that the Baro river port would usher in massive economic benefits for Niger State and the nation at large.

Mamora, in his welcome speech  also commended President Buhari for personally showing up to commission the project.

He said the port would aid the movement of goods, passengers and services in the region, noting that the port has been in existence since the pre-colonial days.

“What has been done now is to modernize it and make it in conformity to the standards of a modern river port” he said.

Highlighting other potentials of the project built by Chinese firm (CGCC Global Project Nigeria Limited), Mamora said the Baro port would provide massive employment opportunities for youths in the Niger State and reduce the problem of youth restiveness.

Baro port is equipped with a Mobile Harbour Crane, Transit shed, Administrative block, fire hydrant system, water treatment plant, Reach stacker, 100KVA power generating set, and three numbers forklifts of various tonnages.

It is one of the River Ports built to support the dredging of Lower River Niger project.  Onitsha River Port has already been rehabilitated while Oguta and Lokoja River Ports are nearing completion.

The Baro river port is expected to create at least two thousand direct jobs and hundreds of thousands indirect jobs.  It will help keep off the road several heavy duty trailers and trucks, thereby extending the life span of Nigerian roads.

Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari has tipped the Baro River Port to help decongest the seaports in Lagos and other parts of the country.

Buhari who was speaking when he commissioned the N6billion Baro Port in Niger State yesterday, expressed optimism that the port would enhance the nation’s intermodal transport connectivity and ease the burden on the roadson which have been made to carry heavy trucks over the years.

The President revealed his personal attachment to the Baro River Port project, noting that he assisted in the design of the port complex when he served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), a body created by the government of General Sani Abacha, and funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country.

Buhari assured that his administration, if reelected during the forthcoming elections, would rehabilitate the roads leading to Baro port and its environs.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi commended the President for his support and lauded him specially for directing the Ministry to complete all the abandoned projects by the previous administration which included Baro port.

On his part, the Mnaging Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority  (NIWA) Senator Mamora Olorunnimbe has projected that the Baro river port would usher in massive economic benefits for Niger State and the nation at large.

Mamora, in his welcome speech  also commended President Buhari for personally showing up to commission the project.

He said the port would aid the movement of goods, passengers and services in the region, noting that the port has been in existence since the pre-colonial days.

“What has been done now is to modernize it and make it in conformity to the standards of a modern river port” he said.

Highlighting other potentials of the project built by Chinese firm (CGCC Global Project Nigeria Limited), Mamora said the Baro port would provide massive employment opportunities for youths in the Niger State and reduce the problem of youth restiveness.

Baro port is equipped with a Mobile Harbour Crane, Transit shed, Administrative block, fire hydrant system, water treatment plant, Reach stacker, 100KVA power generating set, and three numbers forklifts of various tonnages.

It is one of the River Ports built to support the dredging of Lower River Niger project.  Onitsha River Port has already been rehabilitated while Oguta and Lokoja River Ports are nearing completion.

The Baro river port is expected to create at least two thousand direct jobs and hundreds of thousands indirect jobs.  It will help keep off the road several heavy duty trailers and trucks, thereby extending the life span of Nigerian roads.

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