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Dredging of Seaports in Niger Delta will End Militancy – Delta Ex-Commissioner

Posted on July 26, 2016

The Federal Government has been advised to dredge and revitalise the seaports in the Niger Delta in order to create jobs and end youth restiveness in the region.

Mr Raymos Guanah, former Delta Commissioner for Lands and Survey, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba on Sunday.

Guanah said that the major cause of youths’ restiveness in the region was lack of employment, adding that revitalising the seaports will create jobs in the region.

He said that the presidential amnesty granted ex-militants in the Niger Delta would have been more successful if the beneficiaries were gainfully engaged after their training.

The former commissioner said that many of the trained ex-militants were not meaningfully employed.

Guanah also said that making the ports functional would drastically reduce traffic and the attendant carnage along Lagos-Benin and Benin-Onitsha highways.

He noted that accidents frequently occurred on the highways because the bulk of the goods cleared in Lagos seaports were moved to the South-South and South East via the highways.

According to him, revitalising the seaports in the Niger Delta region would reduce the challenges encountered by commuters on the roads as well as make the roads to last longer.

“If government wants to develop the region, it should dredge and reactivate the various seaports to create jobs and restiveness will reduce drastically in the region.

“If the ports are reactivated they will boost commercial activities in this region. People will be engaged and the level of commerce and jobs security will be unimaginable,” he said.

“For example, if Koko Port, Burutu Port, Sapele Port, Onne Port, Calabar Port and Warri Port in the region are working, the congestion and the logjams witnessed in Lagos will not be there.

“The Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and all stakeholders must think of how to reactivate the ports so as to meet the challenges of the region,” he added.

Source: Today

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