The National Inland Waterways Authority has expressed interest to engage the services of Akewa Colmar Terminal Limited to move containers from Lagos ports to Onitsha River Port via Burutu Port in Delta State.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of NIWA, Jibril Darda’u, titled, ‘NIWA to engage ACTL to move cargoes from Lagos ports’, the move is an attempt to decongest Lagos ports.
Darda’u explained that the idea of hauling containers via Burutu Ports to Onitsha River port was to deliberately avoid the two small bridges of Gbarekolo and Bumandi.
This is because the two bridges are too tiny and shallow for sea moving badges and vessels to ply through, the statement said.
The Managing Director of NIWA, Dr George Moghalu, disclosed that NIWA was targeting about 1,000 containers to be hauled per trip from Lagos ports to Onitsha River Port within the maximum duration of four days.
He also added that NIWA was engaging the Nigeria Ports Authority and other stakeholders to facilitate the commencement of the cargo haulage.
Last year, NIWA conducted a trial movement of containers from Onne to Onitsha River with the aim of decongesting Lagos ports in the first quarter of 2021.