By Seun Ibiyemi
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Baro port will enhance inter-modal trans-portation connectivity in the country.
Buhari made this statement during the commissioning of the Baro River Port complex in Niger state.
Buhari in his remarks said that he has personal attachment to Baro River Port project because he assisted in the design of the port complex when he was chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF).
He said the port will reduce pressure of big trucks off our roads and create huge employment opportunities for Nigerians, the port will also help decongest other similar ports in the country.
Buhari also promised that his administration will do more if re-elected into office during the forthcoming election, especially the rehabilitation of roads leading to Baro river port and its environment.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi commende d the President for directing them to complete all the abandoned projects in the past of which Baro river port is one of them.
The Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora in his welcome remarks thanked the president for personally commissioning the Baro River Port Complex.
He said the port is a veritable outlet to ensure transportation of goods, services and passengers in the country. the port will also help in the creation of intermodal transpor-tation system across the country
He added that the port will facilitate socio-cultural relationships, commerce, trade and agriculture development.
The Baro River Port was built by Chinese firm (CGCC Global Project Nigeria Limited) at the total cost of six billion naira, Baro port is equipped with a mobile harbour crane, transit shed, administrative block, fire hydrant system, water treatment plant, reach stacker, 100KVA power generating set and three forklifts of various tonnages.
Onitsha River port has already been rehabilitated, while Oguta and Lokoja River Ports are in the final stages of completion.