By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka – Contractors handling the N36 billion dredging of the River Niger have moved to site in Onitsha, with the people and government of Anambra state expressingÂ enthusiasm about the project. The people of Anambra state have mean-while, urged President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to come to Onitsha to inaugurate the project.
The Commissioner for Special Duties and Transport, Chief Emeka Ojukwu, told newsmen weekend in Awka, that the people were very happy to witness the arrivalÂ of the dredging equipment and project team in the commercial town, weekend.
Ojukwu, who was elated at the development, said he was confident that the dredging of the lower Niger would soon become a reality and commended President Yarâ€™Adua for having a mindset to bring about the realization of the projectwhich will bring prosperity to theÂ people.
He said Onitsha, being the biggest city on the bank of the Niger, would be the greatest beneficiary of the dredging, as ocean- going ships would now berth at the Onitsha river to feed the Onitsha Main market.
â€œWe are coordinating local response to the project. We shall give support to the project teams. Part of the project is to rehabilitate and restart the Onitsha port. This will revitalise business in Onitsha and the entire states around Anambra,â€ he said.