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Chamber advises on functional waterways all over the country

The  Onitsha  Chamber  of  Commerce,  Industry,  Mines  and  Agriculture (ONICCIMA), yesterday, advised the new Managing Director, National  Inland  Waterways  Authority (NIWA), Chief George  Moghalu,  to ensure that the inland waterways  ports  in  every part of the country,  especially  the  Eastern Ports,  are  functional  so  that its  opportunities would be fully harnessed.

The group commended President  Muhammadu  Buhari  for the appointment.

The group said the waterways  has the capacity to timely move estimated 620 million tons commodity freight annually within the country, and reduce  the  number  of  trucks  and  articulated  vehicles  from  the  nation’s  already overcrowded highways.

Its Vice President, Okechukwu Anene said Moghalu is an  experienced  and  consummate  politician  with  a  rich  and  diverse background in the  public  and  private sectors and fits  the job given to him by the president.

“We see his appointment as part of the inclusiveness by President Buhari to move the nation forward, for which we thus commend him.

“Given the Federal Government’s drive to maximise  the country’s natural endowments as one of its strategies  to grow the nation’s economy, it is in the best interest of the nation for the NIWA to operate with a substantive  Managing Director, following the appointment of  Sen Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, as a Minister. Not to have filled the  vacuum  would  obviously  impede  key  decision  making  and  execution  of  vital projects.

“For instance, the nation’s endowment of a highly productive  open  sea  with  abundant  and  diverse  maritime  environment  offers  great opportunities to be harnessed,’’ he said.

“ONICCIMA therefore, urges the new NIWA MD to use his new position to vigorously drive the gazette process of Onitsha River Port as a port of final destination and port of  origin.

“Achieving this will ensure that the South East gets access to the entire world through the Atlantic Ocean, to the benefit of industrialisation, trade, commerce  and job creation in the zone, there could be no better time for this than now.

“On the proposed concession  of  the  Onitsha river port,  the group  said  that  the  interests  of Anambra State and her people be adequately protected.

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