By Godfrey Bivbere
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has called on all agencies involved in the Ports and Oil and Gas activities to ensure that no imported goods are discharged at private jetties.
Amongst the agencies given the order to effect the compliance to the presidential directives are the Ministriy of Transport, its counterparts in Commerce and PetroleumÂ Resources, the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone.
President GoodluckÂ who gave the charge in Onne at the commissioning ofÂ the newly constructed berths four, five and six at Federal Ocean Terminal, also reiterated governmentâ€™s earlier directive on the ban on mid-stream discharge of cargoes.
The President had restated that â€œAll cargoes imported into the country must be discharged at Nigerian Ports Authorityâ€™s designated Terminals.â€
The newly commissioned berthsÂ has a total ofÂ 820 metres with a dedicated heavy lift platform. Goodluck also commissioned the water network for Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) and Federal Lighter Terminal (FLT) that has a total of eight boreholes connected to the treatment plant with a maximum capacity of 6,000 metric tons of treated water, the cumulative length of 4.5km internal road network, connecting FOT and FLT for efficient service delivery.
At the end of commissioning the completed projects, the President also performed the foundation laying stone for phase four ports standardization projects at the Federal Ocean Terminal.
Demonstrating the Federal Governmentâ€™s commitment to development of the maritime industry and the crucial input of the specialized ports in the Eastern zone to the Oil & Gas Industry, the President saidÂ that with the landmark commissioning, Onne Ports has attained the status ofÂ a world class Oil and Gas Free Zone, making it the hub for oil and gas related activities in the West African Sub-Region. The minister said his ministry would support qualified indigenous companies in line with cabotage laws, as well as embark on performance audit of concession programme to examine progress.
Managing Director, Intels Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gabriele Volpi, noted that besides the investment of about $4.2billion on various developmental projects, over 11,000 direct jobs and 48,000 indirect jobs have so far been created in its operations.