The Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Gida Mustapha has said the government is considering the concessioning of Onitsha, Lokoja, Baro and Oguta River ports following the receipt of certificate of compliance from the Infrastructure Concession Regulation Commission (ICRC) to go ahead with the concessioning process.
Mustapha, who was on a tour of the area offices under his jurisdiction, said the tour would expose the operations at various points in order to take the necessary action.
At the Onitsha River Port, he was impressed with the state of the cargo handling equipment and other facilities. He therefore promised to accelerate the process of completion of the concession of the port.
However, he frowned at the slow pace of work at the Oguta River Port site and promised to get the National Assembly and Imo State government to support the process of completing the port.
Mustapha was also delighted with the asset of NIWA at Warri Dockyard, which he said is enough to sustain the authority financially if properly managed.