By Davies Iheamnachor
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has expressed satisfaction with the infrastructural development in the ports in Port Harcourt and Onne, Rivers State.
This came as the Federal Government expressed worries over the level of insecurity on Niger Delta waterways, adding that the poor activities recorded at ports in the region and Rivers State in particular were caused insecurity.
However, the concessionaires in Port Harcourt lamented recurrent attacks on vessels around Bonny waters, noting that their operations are affected by the activities of pirates on waterways.
A delegation from the ICRC spoke when it visited the ports in the state to assess and ascertain the level of compliance by concessionaires on their agreements on the development of infrastructure, saying it was satisfied with the development on the ground at the port.
The Acting Director-General of ICRC, Engr. Chidi Izunwa, who led the delegation, said: “I am happy with the development we have on the ground at the ports, but we have not got to the point where I will say I am satisfied”.
Meanwhile, the two concessioners at the Port Harcourt Port Ports, and Terminal Operators Nigerian Limited and BUA Ports and Terminal Limited have lamented that vessels importing and exporting products were being attacked regularly.
The General Manager of BUA, Mohammed Ibrahim, told Sunday Vanguard that two of their vessels were attacked recently, adding that the incident had affected their operations.
Ibrahim stated that the operators now charter gunboats to escort their vessels on the fair waters to avoided piracy, stating that security was adding a huge cost to their operations.