*Containers vandalised, others listed for auction
By Tony Nwankwo
Over 2000 containers of components of the power plants in the country remain uncleared in ports across the country. The components imported into the country by Federal Government contractors for the attainment of 6000 megawatts electricity generation under the National Integrated Power Projects, NIPP, have been abandoned at the nationâ€™s ports, some for about two years.
The containers, specifically imported under the President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua 6000 megawatts power intervention, are abandoned in hundreds of containers at the APM Terminal, Apapa, Tin-Can Ports and bonded terminals including Port Harcourt.
Items listed in the containers are transformers, metres, cables and other sundry equipment.
Speaking to Sunday Vanguard on the condition of anonymity, a bonded terminal owner said there were over 200 containers in his custody alone brought in under the NIPP for the realisation of the Federal Government laudable programme, but which had remained unclaimed and uncleared at the terminal in the last two years.
He urged the contractors to clear the cargoes immediately to enable government realise its dreams for the people.
â€œThe importers are owing for demurrage and rents, and they seem to have abandoned these containersâ€, the source said.
Investigations revealed that apart from Customs officials tampering with the containers, having realised the quality of the equipment therein, most of the containers are now being listed for auction having been labeled as â€œovertime cargoesâ€, considering the time they had stayed uncleared at the ports.
There were speculations that ill-health of Yarâ€™Adua, who is the originator of the programme, may have contributed to the near comatose of the power sector. The president had promised to ensure 6000 megawatts of electricity to Nigerians on assumption of office, to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.
According to APMT source, â€œNigerians are not aware that there are several victims of uncompleted promises arising from the ill-health of President Yarâ€™Adua.Â Among these is the amnesty programme and the power agenda enunciated by the President for the nationâ€.