NIWA laments over N5bn abandon Lokoja port

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The Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Lokoja, Dr. George Muoghalu has expressed concern over the non completion of the Jamata River port in Lokoja, several years after the contract was signed.

The contract for the over N5billion Lokoja river port which was awarded to Inter Bau construction limited, alongside that of the Baro port several years ago was abandoned by the contractor, even when the Baro port had long been completed.

Muoghalu who was on assessment visit to the site recently, said that the federal government will take steps to engage the contract and relevant stakeholders to bring life back to the project.

According to him, “We are here to see what can be done to save government’s investment here. We cannot allow it to waste. That is basically why we are here today.

“The port is very important to the socio-economic development of the country. The local community and indeed kogi which is the host state would equally benefit from the operation of the port.

“I can assure Nigerians that the federal government under the leadership of president Muhammadu Buhari is very desirous in ensuring all year round navigation on the lower Niger.

“If the waterways transport is effective, it will reduce pressure on our roads, they will last longer, because heavy bulky goods can now be transported through the water instead of the road.”

It was gathered that the job on the River port is about 40 per cent completion and only uncompleted buildings and abandoned equipments are left at the site, as the contractor and his workers are not on site.It was also gathered that the contractor had earlier request for an upward review of the contractual sum which the federal government turned down.

Equipments and other materials on site have been over taking by weeds.

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