WACT’s $10m facility upgrade boosts Onne Port cargoes traffic
Govt mulls marine resources for economic recovery plan
Fortunes of the Onne Port in Rivers State was boosted yesterday as the West Africa Container Terminal (WACT) acquired two mobile harbour cranes for cargoes handling.
The new cargoes handling facility, estimated at $10 million would bring WACT at par with the Apapa and Tin Can Island Ports in terms of equipment and operational efficiency.
Speaking at the commissioning, Managing Director of WACT, Aamir Mirza, disclosed that the investment has attracted 700 direct and 2,000 indirect jobs, saying the company recorded a 17 per cent growth in 2017, 21 per cent growth in 2018 and 20 per cent this year.
Mizra described the $10 million investment as an enabler of customers’ satisfaction, adding, “Our vision is to be the best performing container terminal in West Africa.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s rich maritime resources are currently receiving consideration from the Federal Government as part of its economic recovery and growth plan (ERGP).
Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who disclosed this at the African Day of Seas and Oceans, hosted by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Lagos yesterday, said the maritime resources represent a vital economic safeguard and vehicle for the successful implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari government’s ERGP, which must be tapped maximally.
Gbajabiamila pledged that the legislature would support efforts by the executive to ensure sustainable management of the country’s vast marine resources.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said the agency had sent six International Maritime Organisation (IMO) instruments to the Federal Government for ratification as part of efforts to ensure sustainable management of the marine environment.
Dakuku reiterated NIMASA’s focus on the development and protection of the marine environment, saying: “Our efforts in this area have been recognised by the IMO.”