The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA has concluded plans to commence the dredging of Escravos Channel, Warri Port.

The agency gave this indication on Tuesday when the Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Usman, paid a courtesy call on the Olu of Warri, Ogiamen Ikenwoli II, in Warri, Delta State.

Usman, who was represented by the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Sekonte Davies, expressed appreciation to the monarch for persuading the Federal Government to approve the dredging of the channel and for facilitating the project.

Dredging is an excavation activity used to clear river beds by removing muds, weeds etc so that ships and boats can sail smoothly.

If the Escravos channel is dredged, it means the sea would become clear for ships to sail through the channel and berth at the Warri port.

The Warri port had remained inactive for years because it isn’t dredged, and the Olu of Warri lamented that the inactivity of the port had caused hardship to his people.

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He said: “I have two ports, Warri and Sapele ports, and I am not happy that these ports are not working, but I am happy that now there is a ray of light. When the ports were working, there was a lot of progress and improvement in the living condition of our people.

“I was happy when the President approved the dredging of the ports. Lagos is currently suffocated with activities, while other ports in the nation remain idle.

“Government has invested a lot of money and resources to establish these ports and I do not understand why they are left to waste, while one port is drowning.”

He promised to assist the NPA in every way possible to make the task of dredging the port successful.

“I want to hear that ocean liners are coming to Warri to berth. If this happens, everybody here and beyond will calm down, restiveness will cease because people will be gainfully employed. People are restive because they are idle,” the monarch added.

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