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Culled from a comment on social media
Pls read this post below and take note of the fact that Eastern seaports are not listed on international destinations of other countries.
This is a deliberate policy started during Obasanjo’s military time and repeated when he became a civilian President
Amberon11 : 3:06am
“……Your dad was very correct.
My sister has worked with two shipping companies.
One in PH and she is currently working with a very big shipping company in Lagos.
It is rather absurd that Blue3k who seems to be very bereft of any knowledge concerning matters relating to freight forwarding is the one going about calling people daft.
The fact of the matter is that the seaports in most countries DO NOT even have the Onne and Rivers Ports as destinations on their list.
Meaning they do not recognize them and do not ship to those destinations.
That is clearly why they are mostly used for onward crude oil related shipments.
From what she said , they sometimes had no problems shipping from PH but receiving was a huge problem as they would have to come in through Lagos ports.
Its the same way we have several so called “international airports” in Nigeria but Turkish or Qatar airways will never land in Port Harcourt.
They will only bring you in through Lagos and transit you to PH using other airlines.
Also, the Onne and Rivers Ports are shallow and won’t allow for very large vessels.
Only Lagos ports can accommodate such huge vessels.
Do not listen to Blue3k ask anyone into freight forwarding to know more……”
How many of you know that Tincan and Ibaka seaports were proposed during Obasanjo’s time but he intentionally abandoned Ibaka seaport
See the story below for better understanding
The problem with you, is that you keep blaming PDP while forgetting that Obasanjo a Yoruba man ruled for 8years out of the 16years without doing anything to implement the original idea of constructing Ibaka seaport.
So if we end up saying that Obasanjo who was a military president in the 70s and in the 2000s deliberately failed to implement the original idea of constructing ibaka seaport as part of Yoruba deliberate policy to keep the Eastern seaports moribund in importation, Don’t You Think We Are Right.?
Read this post below posted by joeyfire slowly this time around
Blue3k Ask Sarumi and Bamanga Tukur for a start
“In the twilight of General Yakubu Gowon’s administration in the mid-1970s, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) was battling with the problems of ports congestion as a result of massive cement importation.
The government decided to build two new ports to ease the transaction costs associated with shipping and to ensure adequate facilities for Nigeria’s import and export needs.
A feasibility study was carried out and the experts recommended the creation of two new ports; one in Lagos and another in Ibaka, in present day Akwa Ibom State.
These projects were contained in the 3rd National Development Plan.
The one in Lagos is the Tin-Can Island Port commissioned by the then Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, and deputy to then military Head of State, Genera Olusegun Obasanjo, now late Major-General Shehu Yar’Adua on 14th October, 1977.
Ibaka Port was never constructed, purportedly on the advice of the then Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and current Chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) – Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
I heard Tukur’s argument was that instead of starting a new port from scratch, the same resources could be used to revive existing and nearby Calabar Port.
Government bought his argument and a huge amount I’m still trying to find out was used to revive the port. The new Calabar Port Complex was commissioned on 9th June, 1979.
I heard Alhaji Tukur has a wife from Calabar. Now I’m not sure if his wife influenced his decision or if his support for Calabar port made the community bless him with their daughter. But anyhow, it is clear that the decision is a wrong one because Calabar Port is still moribund.
Fast forward to 2006 when Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’sson, the iconic Chief Adebayo Babatunde Sarumi, was in charge of the Nigerian Ports Authority.
A princely sum of 56 million dollars (about N9 billion) was spent on dredging the Calabar Port channel.
The dredging contract was awarded to two dredging firms: Messrs Jan de Nul and Van Oord. The federal government divided the entire length of the channel in Calabar Port between the two firms.
While Van Oord was paid $26 million to dredge kilometre 0 to 46, Jan de Nul got $30 million to dredge kilometre 46 to 84. According to the scope of the contract, the two firms were to scoop out 25 million cubic metres of sand to achieve an overall draft of 8 metres to allow big vessels call at the port.
Not one big ship has called at the port ever since because while the companies collected their monies and walked away, the channel remains as shallow as ever.
Of course the appreciative Calabar community honoured Chief Sarumi with a chieftaincy title.”
Take note that Obasanjo was the head of state during that time Tincan and Ibaka seaports were proposed
The same Obasanjo never built an international airport in the SE until the coming of Jonathan.?
Why did Obasanjo act the way he did.?
Ask yourself why Obasanjo said Nnamdi Kanu must be stopped by all means.?
Ask yourself why late Yar Adua struggled to dredge River Niger.?