Buhari Commissions N6 Billion New Baro River Port Complex

Piriye Kiyaramo

President Muhammadu Buhari on saturday commissioned the new Baro River Port Complex, with a call on Nigerians to vote All Progressive Congress (APC) on February 16 for “completion of more projects and construction of new

Baro River Port was built by a Chinese firm, CGCC Global Project Nigeria Limited, at the cost of N6 billion. The Port has quay length of 150 Metres, Cargo Stacking Yard of 7,000 square meters and a Transit Shed of 3,600 square meters with an estimated capacity of 5,000 TEU at a

Other facilities in this port include 84-ton mobile harbour carne, one reach stacker, three forklifts of varying capacities, a befitting modern administrative block, water treatment plant, power generating plant and staff

President Buhari who decried the decay of the port infrastructure in country, noted that if successive administrations had continued with the comprehensive master plan for the development of the Nigerian Inland Waterways, spanning over 10,000 kilometers across 28 states of the country, designed in his days as Chairman, Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), the carnage on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as a result of road accidents and insecurity would have been

He regretted that while other governments come to organize, others come to destroy, assuring that the Baro River Port will be upgraded, just as he promised to revive railway linking the port and make it a dual carriage to improve the economic activities of the port, both on water and on

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello on his part said the people of Baro town were happy because the port projects will provide jobs for both skilled and unskilled youths of the

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigerian Inland Water Ways Authority (NIWA), Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the Port was the realization of the master plan done under Buhari as Chairman of

He said that considering the huge benefits of inland water transportation and Baro’s strategic location for the evacuation of farm produce and other commodities, the present administration vigorously pursued the completion of the port, hitherto abandoned by previous administration and ensured the provision of the required equipment for its effective and efficient

“It is yet another of President Buhari’s promises fulfilled. The Port has quay length of 150 Metres, Cargo Stacking Yard of 7,000 square meters, a Transit Shed of 3,600 square meters and estimated capacity of 5,000 TEU at a

“Some of the installed machinery are; the 84-ton mobile harbour carne, one reach stacker, and three forklifts of varying

“Other facilities in this port include, the administrative block, water treatment plant, power generating plant and staff quarters, among others. It is indeed a Morse right

In his remarks, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, under whose watch the project was started, noted that the Baro town is rich with history of the country, being the first community to host Lord Luguard, before he eventually moved to

The SGF recalled that Baro used to have a thriving river port and a railway line during the colonial era, which was used for evacuation of farm produce and mineral resources.

He said the opening of the port will bring to life economic activities in the

The minister of transportation, Hon. Rotimi Ameachi said the project was completed, following the matching order handed down by President for them to complete all abandoned

He expressed hope that the old rail lines used during the colonial period will be revived even as the road network, linking the port is already being upgraded.