AS part of measures to revive economic activities, the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli Emiko has appealed to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) to facilitate the effective utilisation of the Warri and Koko Seaports.
The traditional ruler made this known when the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside led a delegation of the management of the Agency to pay homage to the traditional ruler while on a tour of NIMASA operations in the Central Zone.
A statement issued by NIMASA quoted the traditional ruler as saying: “There is no reason why vessels should go to Lagos and wait for weeks to discharge their cargo when the Warri and Koko Ports stay without any economic activity. I therefore want to appeal to you to use your office and facilitate the proper engagement of these ports for the economic benefit of the region and the country at large”.
According to the statement, he also expressed confidence in the ability of the Director General to bring about the needed change that will restore the ports of Warri and Koko to their pride of place.
Earlier in his address, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside explained that the NIMASA delegation was in the Olu’s Palace to pay homage as one of the foremost traditional rulers in the country.
Dr. Peterside also told the Ogiame and his council of chiefs that the Agency was liaising with the appropriate authorities to facilitate the dredging of the channels in Warri ports to attract more business to the area.
Dakuku said: “We are fighting piracy so that more vessels can call at Warri port. We are making a case for the dredging of the Warri channel so that more vessels can berth at the port. We are also working very hard to make Warri the centre of NIMASA operations so that more activities will take place here.”