Expert Supports Move For More Deep Seaports In Nigeria
Dr. Chidi Izuwa, Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC,) has said that the Federal Government plans towards developing more deep seaports in the country is one of the best things to happen in the maritime sub-sector of the nation’s economy.
Dr. Izuwa who spoke to journalists recently during a stakeholders breakfast meeting on financing Inland Dry Ports (IDP) and Truck Transit Parks (TTP) organised by the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) and Federal Ministry of Transportation in Lagos said: “as we grow, our ports are constrained now and our cities have met our ports. What happens anywhere in the world is that when the cities meet the ports, you move it somewhere away. There were ports in London before but are no ports anymore. Just like if you have a prison in Victoria Island and the city outgrows it, what do you do? you move it away. What happens is that people move ports away”.
According to him, the ships we have now are very big ships that require deep seas, and they require about 18 meters.
“What we have in Lagos ports here is 11 meters; so it is even sub-optimal because the larger ships are able to transport things cheaper so there is multiplier benefit for everybody”.
This he said means that if we have other deep seaports, goods can be coming in cheaper. Who benefits from it? The consumers of course!
Most importantly, he added, Nigeria can become a point of Trans shipment, these ships can come and then the goods go to other countries and we can actually get revenues by providing those deep ports facilities.