Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, on Wednesday in Abuja lauded the Federal Government for revamping Onitsha seaport.
Kalu, who is also a former governor of Abia State, said in a statement that the seaport would drive the country’s industrialisation and create jobs for the citizens.
According to him, the resumption of activities at Onitsha seaport will boost economic activities in the South East and create employment opportunities and wealth for Nigerians.
He commended the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for the revitalisation of the seaport.
“With the functioning of Onitsha seaport, exporters and importers will be relieved of the stress of transporting containers by road from different ports to the South East and vice versa.
“With the commencement of activities at Onitsha seaport, businesses will thrive further in the South East.
“The bottlenecks being faced by exporters and importers will be reduced, as containers can now be transported from Onne Port and other ports through the waterways to Onitsha seaport and vice versa.
“The activities in the seaport will drive industrilaisation and sustainable development in Onitsha and the South East at large.
“The revamping of Onitsha river port is another feat achieved by the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari,’’ he said.
Kalu, however, urged the Nigeria Shippers Council and Abia State Government to fast-track the completion of Aba Inland Container Depot, located at Avor Ntigba, Isiala Ngwa North, to further strengthen the economic potential of the South East geopolitical zone.