NPA, NNPC to collaborate on Ogidigben port

Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdullahi has urged all the parties involved in the Gas Industrial Park Project at Ogidigben Port, Warri, Delta State to ensure the success of the project in the national interest.

According to the Managing Director, the project should be of great interest to the nation, considering the tremendous economic and social benefit that would be derived from it when it is successfully completed.

Abdullahi made the assertion while speaking at a meeting with officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the progress so far made on the project in his office in Lagos on Thursday.

While assuring that the NPA would collaborate with the NNPC for the successful execution of the project, the NPA Managing Director implored all those involved with the project to fast track the process so that appreciable progress can be made before the end of next month.

He commended the NNPC for its giant strides on the project, especially in the area of resolution of the conflicts among the communities on where the project is to be sited.

Abdullahi told the delegation that since NNPC has been able to resolve the NPA’s concerns, the authority would work on other areas like dredging and breakwaters construction.

He described the Ogidigben Port as a national project and assured that the request for a sizable land for the project would be looked into by NPA.

Earlier, the Executive Director, Gas and Power of the NNPC, Dr. David Ige informed his host that the Ogidigben project would require a lot of land reclamation, adding that its success dependended on NPA and solicited adequate support and collaboration with authority.

Highlight of the visit was a display of a video clip of project area spanning through Ekpopo creek to Okpele communities in Escravos, very close to Gbaramatu, Delta State, with about two to three kilometers water front.

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