Shippers under the aegis of the Anambra State Shippers Association, have urged the federal government to gazette Onitsha River Port as port of final destination for goods coming into the country.
This is coming on the heels of the call of the inactivity at port since it was formally inaugurated four years ago by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ever since its launch, the river port has not had any significant activities as fears continue to mount in some quarters that the ultra-modern equipment procured for the port may become obsolete. As a result of this, it is under lock and key despite assurances from all key speakers at the launch.
The shippers who spoke through the President of the association, Emma Akpaka, expressed dismay that over the present state of things in the river port, even as they called for its gazette by the federal government.
“Onitsha Port should be gazetted as a port of final destination for cargos and containers coming from any part of the world. As a matter of urgent public and economic importance, the Federal Ministry of Finance should make it a reality,” he said.
Akpaka expressed hope that when Onitsha River Port becomes fully operational, it would aid decongestion of Onne Port in Rivers State.