Oyetola commissions road, mooring boats at Onne port

Oyetola commissions road, mooring boats at Onne port


As part of measures to further enhance the ease of doing business, the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has commissioned a 4.8km road, named Road ‘D’ Project and also inaugurated six mooring boats at the Onne Complex in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

The Minister highlighted the commitment of the Ministry to leverage Nigeria’s maritime resources under the directives of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“This road infrastructure constructed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the mooring boats we are gathered here to commission today, is another testament to the commitment of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy under my watch to maximize the entire gamut of opportunities conferred on us by our maritime endowments, in line with the directives of His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR,” he said.

Oyetola reiterated the ministry’s commitment to supporting the NPA in addressing factors hindering the full utilisation of national port assets.

“Deepening the efficiencies and full capacity utilisation of the strategic advantages of Onne and other port complexes in the eastern axis constitutes one of the tools we are deploying in actualising the key performance indicators assigned to us under the presidential performance bond.

“We are now poised more than ever before to give NPA all the backing necessary to address all factors responsible for the underutilisation of these national assets,” Oyetola said.

Acknowledging the growth in exports from Onne Port, the minister expressed readiness to facilitate further expansion and advocacy efforts to attract more vessel traffic to the region.

“As the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy presses forward, guided by the vision of President Tinubu, the commissioning of the Road “D” Project and mooring boats stands as a testament to Nigeria’s determination to harness its maritime potential for sustainable economic growth,” he added.

Speaking earlier, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, said, “The Phase 4B houses a significant portion of the untapped potentials of the Onne Port Complex, thus the completion of the Road “D” which the major arterial link to the new Berths 9, 10, 11 & 12 at Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) and vast expanse of reclaimed land already leased for port development is actually a link to growth in new business opportunities and increased revenue for the national economy.”

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