President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to give him a second term of office, to enable the All Progressives Congress APC administration complete more projects and deliver more democratic dividends.
He made the call on Saturday, when he inaugurated the new Baro River Port Complex, in Niger State, Central Nigeria.
According to him, if the Baro River Port project had continued with the comprehensive master plan for the development of the Nigerian Inland Waterways spanning over 10,000 kilometers across 28 states of the country, the carnages on the road of Lagos-Ibadan express way as a result of road accidents and insecurity would have been minimized.
Buhari promised to upgrade the Port, revive the railway and provide a dual carriage way that will boost the economic activities of the Port both on water and on rail.
The Baro River Port project was first designed in his days as Chairman Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF).
The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello on his part, said the people of Baro town were happy because the project will provide jobs for both skilled and unskilled youths of the community.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigerian Inland Water Ways, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the Port is the realization of the master plan done under Buhari as the then Chairman of the PTF.
He said that considering the huge benefits of Inland water transportation and Baro’s strategic location for the evacuation of farm produce and other commodities, the present administration vigorously pursued the completion of the Port hitherto abandoned by previous administration and ensured the provision of the required equipment for its effective and efficient functioning.
It is yet another of President Buhari’s promise made and promise fulfilled. The Port has a harbour 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.
Some of the installed machinery are the 84-ton mobile harbour crane, one reach stacker, and three forklifts of varying capacities. Other facilities in this Port include the administrative block, water treatment plant, power generating plant and staff quarters among others. It is indeed a Morse right Port, Mamora explained.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, under whose watch the project was completed, noted that Baro town is renown in history as hosting the first house of Lord Luguard before he eventually moved to Lokoja.
Mustapha recalled that Baro used to have a thriving river port and a railway line during the colonial era, used for evacuation of farm produce and mineral resources. He said the opening of the Port will bring to life economic activities.
The Minister of transport, Rotimi Ameachi said the project was completed following the matching order handed down by President Buhari, for them to complete all abandoned projects.
He expressed hope that the old rail lines used in the colonial days will be revived even as the road network linking the port is already being upgraded.
Baro River Port was built by Chinese firm, CGCC Global Project Nigeria Limited at the total cost of N6 billion.
Source: Voice of Nigeria