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Baro Port to improve economic activities in Northern Nigeria

President Muhammad Buhari of Nigeria Says Baro River Port project in Niger state North Central Nigeria had continued with the comprehensive master plan for the development of the Nigerian Inland Waterways spanning over Ten Thousand kilometers across Twenty eight State of the Country.

President Buhari also assured that all the facilities in the Baro Port will be upgraded including the railway and dual carriage way to provided improved economic activities of the Port along the River Niger Bank.

Report shows that Baro Port has quay length of 150 Metres, Cargo Stacking Yard of 7,000 square meters, a Transit Shed of 3,600 square meters and estimated capacity of 5,000 TEU at a time.

The Nigerian President mentioned this during the Commissioning of some recently completed project at the Baro Port in Niger State North Central Nigeria on Saturday.

In a remarks the Chairman of the Nigerian Inland Water Ways Mr Olorunnimbe Mamora who said the Port is the realization of the masterplan done by President Muhammad Buhari almost two decades ago as Chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund project in Nigeria, said considering the huge benefits of Inland water transportation and Baro’s strategic location for water transportation within the coastal areas of the North central area of Nigeria.

According to him, the present administration of Nigeria is vigorously pursuing the completion of the Port to standard with the already installed machinery of 84-ton mobile harbour one reach stacker, and three forklifts of varying capacities and Other facilities including an administrative block, water treatment plant, power generating plant and staff quarters among others.

hitherto abandoned by previous administration and ensured the provision of the required equipment for its effective and efficient functioning under. President Buhari’.

In addition the Secretary to the Nigerian Government Boss Mustapha, who was once supervising the Baro Port Project, said the Port if commissioned will bring to life economic activities in Niger state and other parts of Northern Nigeria.

He noted that the old port which was used to have a thriving railway line during the colonial era, for transportation both for locals and European businesses.

It also served as first settlement of Frederick Lord Luguard one time Colonial administrator in Nigeria before moving to Lokoja in logic state North Central Nigeria.

The Nigerian minister of transport, Rotimi Ameachi however described the project was completed due to the tireless efforts of the administration of President Muhammad Buhari of revamping the abandoned port for decades to ease transportation activities from the Sea port in Southeast part of the Country to the Hinterland of Nigeria.

Source: Voice of Nigeria