The commencement of the dredging of the Escravos has been commended and described as one of the clear dividends of democracy at the infrastructural level.
Expressing this view while speaking to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, member representing the Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Daniel Reyenieju said that if completed and properly utilized, it will greatly turn the economic fortunes of the Warri Federal Constituency and Delta State and beyond.
According to him, ”It was in 2016 that the House of Representatives graciously passed a motion which I sponsored, requesting the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, dredge the Escravos Bar so as to make Burutu, Koko, Sapele and Warri Sea Ports functional to boost the economies of the region, which in turn will reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region.
”I also emphasized in the motion that a well dredged Escravos Bar will reduce the pressure on Apapa Port and its attendant consequences of huge revenue loss to the country through payments of huge demurrage resulting from delays in berthing of ships being experienced by importers.’
“I and my constituents including those of the adjoining constituencies and the entire Delta State atlarge will remain eternally grateful to the Federal House of Representatives of the National Assembly for passing the said motion; and also ensuring that the said motion on being passed by the House was immediately transmitted to the Presidency for necessary action.
“The sea ports in Burutu, Koko, Sapele and Warri, if fully operational have the capacity to provide over 100,000 direct employments and additional one million indirect jobs, and that these ports are much more closer to the South Eastern States and most of the States in the North including Abuja, than Apapa port . Such close proximity will be of much economic advantage to importers and the country at large.
.”Delta ports used to be the hub of economic activities in the region before the discovery of oil. But today the ports are idle and this call to question the sincerity inherent in the diversification policies of the past and present federal government.
“ Since the beginning of the week when news filtered into Koko, Sapele and Warri that work has commenced in the dredging, youths of Koko and Warri were seen in joyous mood and calling for the early completion of the project.
Recall that in 2016, the Federal House of Representatives passed a motion sponsored by Mr. Daniel Reyenieju calling on the Federal Government to dredge the Escravos bar.
The lawmaker was equally full of praise for the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, and the Federal Ministry of Transport for ensuring that the N13 billion dredging project was signed with a reputable international dredging company.
Reyenieju appealed to the youths of the region particularly those of Ijaw and Itsekiri extractions not to engage in any act that could negatively impact on the project given its future economic value to the area.