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Operator slams FG for allegedly not dredging Calabar Port

By Emma Una

CALABAR—NON- DREDGING of the channel of the  Calabar Port, Cross River State,  10 years after it was privatized, is a  critical limiting factor for the non-utilization  of the full potentials of the port as bigger vessels cannot berth there.

Group General Manager of  ECM Terminals, Mr Dayo Balogun, operators of the port,   told Vanguard in Calabar, during the presentation of the ISO 9001 certification  to the company by ISO agent, yesterday,  that the company  took over operations at the port after it  signed agreement with the  Federal Government that the port would be dredged  from its  present  six metres to 10.5 metres  to  allow  bigger vessels to berth at the port but this is yet to be done.

“Non-dredging  of Calabar Port to its advertised 10.5 metres is the critical limiting factor that is affecting its potential to function optimally and harness all its  capabilities 10 years after privatisation which is a breach of the agreement  the Federal Government signed with ECM Terminals,” he said.










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