Minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has inspected the proposed web site for development of the Bonny Deep Seaport.
Amaechi made the go to weekend in firm of the everlasting secretary, Magdalene Ajani, the appearing MD, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Koko and consultants from the Ministry of Transportation, the NPA and the contractors, CCECC.
Throughout the inspection, the minister famous that in selecting the location, issues have to be made in the direction of price discount and ease in paying compensations, based on an announcement issued in Abuja by the ministry.
He stated whereas the South East a part of the Island was additionally viable, essentially the most possible could be the space to the West in Finima, as it might require much less dredging.
“The consultants have stated it’ll take solely 500 metres of dredging at this level to get to 17metres draught which is our goal for the depth of the seaport. The second you reclaim 500metres into the ocean, you get to 17metres draught. You don’t want additional dredging. Whereas on the opposite finish, you want 1.16kms dredging to get to the water. It is going to be costlier to dredge 1.16km than to construct rail line to this place. We are able to do the price evaluation and decide.
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Amaechi additionally stated number of the realm, when lastly determined upon would be certain that NNPC pipes wouldn’t be tampered with or moved for the rail strains extending to the Seaport to be laid.
“It could even be simpler to pay compensations right here and take the rail by means of this space as an alternative of operating it by means of the opposite finish the place there are pipes. And compensation could be paid on properties, not on land. If the land just isn’t sufficient, the Federal Authorities would purchase extra for the growth,” Amaechi stated.
Chatting with newsmen, the MD, NPA, Mohammed Koko stated, “what we did at this time was to reconfirm the fitting location for the port, though ultimate research might be made and conclusions reached. The opposite location had pipes, so we imagine that this one might be excellent. It has a pure draft of about 17metres.
“The Port which may have a capability of about 500,000 TEUs on completion is a vital infrastructure for Nigeria. Nigeria has over 823 kilometres of shoreline and now we have at all times been saying that the thought of constructing deep seaports will convey extra financial worth to the nation, and Nigeria will finally change into a maritime hub in Africa or the West African sub-region,” he stated.
Koko additionally acknowledged that development will kick off inside the yr and run concurrently with the development of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line which additionally extends to the Bonny Deep Seaport.