The House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on ports decongestion and restoration wound down its tour of locations. The 14-man committee which has Hon Baba Yusuf Yakub as the chairman was at Onitsha River Port to see things for themselves. At the public hearing which was held at the hall of the All Saints Cathedral Complex, Onitsha, after the tour of the facility by the members had the heads of many agencies and stakeholders in attendance.
Among the agencies invited to make contributions on the way forward were National Inland Waterways (NIWA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Customs and Excise, Anambra State Markets Amalgamated Trader Association (ASMATA), Importers’ Association, and the representatives of Anambra State Government etc. They all agreed to the importance of a decentralized port system in Nigeria and called for immediate resuscitation of the Onitsha River Port as well as the other Eastern Ports.
Recall that the tour of the ports which began on the 15th day of September, 2019, beginning with the Lagos ports through Warri, Onne, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Onitsha was triggered by the motion sponsored by the member representing Idemili North and South in the National Assembly, Hon. Ifeanyichukwu Anthony Ibezi. Ibezi had in that motion argued the need to decongest the Lagos ports and restore the use of the eastern ports in order to get the economy back on track.
In his remarks, the chairman of the Committee while thanking contributors, stated that there might never be a better motion than the Decongestion and Restoration Motion sponsored by Honourable Ibezi.
Other members of the Committee are
Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezi, Hon. Makama Missau Ibrahim, Hon. Onuh Blessing Onyeche, Hon. Haruna Maitala, Hon. Victor Amela, Hon. Nuhu Yakubu Danja, Hon. Aliyu Ibrahim Almustapha, Hon. Alex Egbona, Hon. Akiolu Moshood Kayode, Hon. Kolade Victor Akinjo, Hon. Olayide Adewale Akinremi, Hon. Kalu Benjamin Okezie and Hon. Suny Goli Isreal.
The Committee later departed for Awka preparatory to their return to Abuja.