By Sarah Moshe & Vivian Nwokedi
The Federal Government is to implement a 25-year port master plan to maximise the opportunities and potentials of the nation’s seaports.
The Transport Minister, Alhaji Yusuf Sulaiman said this in Abuja at a ministerial press briefing.
He said a plan was also being finalised for the rehabilitation of Koko port, Tin-Can Island port quay wall and Julius Berger terminal.
The minister said rehabilitation of the Tin-Can Island port quay wall and apron as well as rehabilitation of Port Harcourt quay were both in progress.
The procurement process for the construction of Bonny Jetty, Calabar Finger Jetty, Port Harcourt Finger Jetty and Marina Jetty, CMS, had commenced, he said.
Suleiman said other key initiatives of the ministry were port expansion, channel and towage management, safety of navigation, protection of marine environment, provision of additional car parks and container stacking at Kirikiri and Tin-Can Island ports.
He, however, said the concession of Kirikiri Lighter Terminal which was stepped down in 2004 had commenced.
The minister explained that the Nigerian waters, with a total coastline of about 800 kilometers, had numerous opportunities for investment in Greenfield port development and ship building.
He said these were in areas like Tarkwa Bay , Ogogoro Island , Snake Island , Lagos , Lekki Free Trade Zone and Lagos Free Trade Zone.