BENIN â€” EXPERTS in global distributive trade, yesterday, urged President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to open up more port facilities around the country to rapidly boost the national economy.
They stressed the need to open up the Gele-Gele Port in Edo State to have a viable alternative to Lagos ports.
Speaking to newsmen in Benin on behalf of a UK-based group, Mr Mondale Ohuimumwen admonished the Federal Government not to see Lagos as the only centre capable of promoting import/export businesses.
He said the long neglected Gele-Gele port would go a long way in boosting the nationâ€™s economy if the potentials were properly harnessed.
Ohuimumwen, who is based in the UK, lamented that no serious attention has been given to the power sector.
He added that due to the poor state of roads and the general insecurity in the country, Nigerians abroad were scared of coming home to invest.
According to him, â€œthe current move to re-brand Nigeria will continue to be a mirage unless viable steps are taken to quickly address the infrastructural decay confronting the nation. And that is why we are seriously appealing for new ports to be established in the South-South.
â€œLagos alone cannot do the magic. If we have a port here, the economy in the region will be boosted and apart from that, other states in the area will also enjoy economic boost just as Lagos state is enjoying todayâ€
The group also commended what it described as the developmental efforts of Comrade Adams Oshiomholeâ€™s administration, saying the employment opportunity he had generated so far was highly commendable, as the youths of the state will now be busy rather than indulging in crime related offences.
â€œAs a way of assisting the government, we are working out plans to establish farms and other agro-allied industries in the three senatorial districts of the state to stem the tide of rural/urban drift in order to help to the economic growth of the state,â€ he said.