The upper chamber of the national Assembly, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to urgently see that it establish inland ports in Onitsha, Enugu, Aba, Maiduguri, Bauchi and other land-locked states in the country to speedily facilitate to economic of commerce and industry.
They have also given directives to the Nigerian Shippers Council to carry out appropriate feasibility studies to facilitate establishment of the ports. It also mandated its committees on transport and works to enforce full compliance with planned establishment of the ports, pointing out that the initial feasibility studies carried out on the establishment of inland ports should be revisited.
The resolutions of the Senate were outcome to a motion sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) entitled Need for the Establishment of Dry and Inland Ports at Onitsha, Enugu and other land-locked states.
Senator Oduah in her presentation, explained that the development of dry ports and inland water transport in the land-locked areas would facilitate commercial and industrial activities in exportation and importation of raw materials and equipment. According to her, the existing ports in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar were being over stretched, contending that congestion of these ports constituted serious security threat to lives and properties.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, therefore mandated the relevant committees to ensure that the Federal Government gives required attention to establishment of the inland ports in the affected states.