Amaechi moves to transform Niger Delta economy, ports
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has secured the release of funds for the construction of two new sea ports in the Niger Delta region.
The ports which would cost $1.6b are to be sited at Pessu in Delta State and Bonny in Rivers State.
When completed under the Federal Government plan to encourage the development of economic growth poles and reduce extreme dependence on Lagos, the sea ports are expected to lead to the complete transformation of the economies of the litoral states.
Amaechi announced the Federal Government plan to build the deep seaports in Delta State where he had gone with the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo to empower the youth.
According to Amaechi, “The Federal Government is set to build a new seaport in Pessu and a similar one in Bonny in the Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State. The seaport (project) will gulp $800m each.”
The litoral states within the Niger Delta have been shut out from benefits accruing through shipping and other maritime activity as a result of perceived security threats and instability.
The situation, analysts argue, has led to the domination of maritime operations by Lagos State.
Worse is the predominance of propaganda which suggest that the Niger Delta might not be the place to do business.
Apparently worried by the restiveness associated with community demands, which frustrate development activities in the region, Amaechi urged the people to create a conducive atmosphere for the construction of the projects, saying they would have far reaching impacts on the economy and live styles of the people.
“The best thing to do is to allow the development. Imagine the companies that have left Warri; let the seaport project go on smoothly”, Amaechi appealed.
“When you stop them from working, you are losing such a huge investment where the entire community can be contractors”, the Minister added.
Amaechi and Keyamo were in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State where 1700 women and youths received empowerment from the Federal Government.
The beneficiaries received starter packs, micro-enterprise enhancement loans and resettlement packages under the National Directorate of Employment’s empowerment programme.
Also speaking, Keyamo stated that the Federal Government is in a hurry to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.
He observed that with what was given out as empowerment in the early stage of the administration, Deltans should be assured that President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to lift them out of poverty in the next few years.
Among items given to women and youths across the entire local government areas at the Petroleum Training Institute conference Centre were sewing machines, knitting machines and welding machines.
They were also given cash as part of the empowerment programme.
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