Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman says the reason why many people preferred the ports in Lagos to those in other parts of the country is because of roads and accessibility.
Hadiza Bala Usman Speaking in Lagos, said Lagos ports were congested because most of the products imported into the country through them were consumed by residents of Lagos and neighboring states.
On the steps being taken by NPA to develop other ports in the country, Usman said: “As a shipper, you decide where your cargo will go to. Quite a lot of cargo that come into the Lagos area are meant for the Lagos environment, Ogun State, the manufacturing hub, all those industries around and also some that are going to the north
“Then, the eastern port, we have Warri port, which has a draft of 7.5 meters; we can’t go below that, that is the maximum we can go, we have NNPC pipelines that are buried there, so we can’t dredge below that. ‘’We have the Burutu port, which is moribund.
We are currently at an advance stage of its concession, we have just sent the outline business case to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, we have investors that are keen to do that as a solid mineral terminal.
“Calabar port has a very wide and long channel, about 180km channels, which requires for us to dredge it, to invest about N50 billion to dredge. We looked at the revenue generation and traffic and realized that it doesn’t justify us to spend that amount of money.
“So, we are exploring the use of flat vessels. In December 2018, we had flat vessel come to Calabar port. We have Onne port, Onne is functioning, it has about 10 to 11 meters’ draft. It was for oil and gas so designated but now it’s meant for all cargo types.