The National Secretary of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Mr. Paul Akporohwo has called on the Federal Government to rehabilitate the Delta, Calabar and Onne Poets with a view to decongesting the Apapa port which has been overwhelmed by activities with attendant effects on road networks.
The Environmentalist made the call during a chat with newsmen in Warri on Tuesday.
Akporowho said reviving and rehabilitating the Ports would help to boost the economy by way of creating more jobs and address youth restiveness.
Akporohwo argued that only Apapa Port as the only viable Seaport in the Country was is not economically good.
Akporohwo said, “The number of accident on the Apapa road is enormous, a lot of tankers and trucks often times fall because the roads are overused.”
“This is not good for our economy as a nation, so there is need for the government to balance the economy by way of reactivating others seaports in the country to decongest the Apapa port.”
“For instance, thell Delta port was a beehive of activities when it was active, it created a lot of direct and indirect jobs.”
“It also played a major role for Julius Berger and other companies when they were constructing the former Delta Steel Company in Aladja near Warri. All their importations were done through the Delta port.”
“Today the Delta port is like a grave yard, no activities, bigger vessels cannot navigate through because the channel needed to be dredged and same is applicable to some other ports”.
Akporohwo who doubles as the Vice Chairman of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) also urged the Federal Government
to review its policies in the maritime industry to balance the economy.