Governors rush to construct seaports is misplaced priority- Amiwero

Lucky Eyis Amiwero, a maritime expert has taken a swipe at State Governors who are embarking on seaports projects describing their drive as misplaced priorities that may lead to litany of abandoned port projects

Amiwero who is President of National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), said the state governments talking about building ports should have considered its viability, immediate impacts on the people and the ability to bear the funding cost for the projects.

He said ports construction and ancillary support infrastructures like access roads, industries and sheds or warehouses that are private sector driven or owned  are not cheap projects.

He observed that most coastal states talking about having ports are presently lagging behind in meeting their obligations to workers and their people adding that many of them are still unable to construct basic health and education facilities or even show sufficient support for agriculture to boos export potentials.

He advised governors of Edo, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ondo and Akwa Ibom States to consider the abilities of their states draft to accomodate large ocean going vessels before deciding have a port.

He expressed doubts on the states abilities to generate cargoes that will sustain most of the ports being contemplated upon completion.

He said neighbouring countries like Cameroon, Togo, Benin and Ghana are developing their ports infrastructure to accommodate bigger vessels and receive Nigerian cargoes.

”If we cannot build ports that will compete with standard port facilities in the region, we should not waste money building them for the sake of just having it”

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