By Mitchelle Uzorka
The Federal Government said it has awarded contract for remedial dredging of Escravos channel.
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, disclosed this in Warri on Tuesday, May 10th 2022.
He said the dredging of the channel will help to expand the channel and enable bigger vessels to visit the port in Delta State.
The dredging, he said, which has started and is about halfway done, will enable port in Delta State to have a better draft, receive bigger vessels and record less incidences of vessels running aground when completed.
According to him, the NPA has also started the mapping and charting of the Escravos channel starting from the fairway buoy down to Koko Port, which has not been done for over a decade or more.
Speaking during the visit of the NPA Boss, The Olu of Warri Kingdom, Ogiame Atuwatse III, expressed satisfaction on the visit of the NPA new management to Warri Port as the first port of call after his confirmation as the managing director.
He said the eastern ports need to be opened up after several pushes by different governments in the past, adding that the recent efforts will yield positive results for the benefit of the importing community.
He however said that the NPA can always come to the royal family for support to achieve the goal of opening up Warri Port for business.