It appears importers are beginning to shift their attention from the ever-busy, congested Lagos ports to the ones in Eastern Nigeria.

Between January and March this year, eastern ports accounted for 39% of dry cargo vessels headed into Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside.

He disclosed this in Calabar, Cross River State during an interactive session organised by the agency for maritime operartors.

He said over 5,000 vessels (both wet and dry cargo) called at the country’s seven functional seaports annually.

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However, of the about 3,033 dry cargo vessels that came into Nigerian ports in 2018, Peterside said that the eastern ports accounted for only 631 which were about 20%.

Similarly, in 2017, he noted that out of the 3,106 dry cargo vessels that entered the country, eastern ports had only 676, representing about 21%.

He said based on these statistics, there is need for collaboration with investors in the sector to ensure that the environment is made conducive for continuous growth.

Peterside, therefore called for “the eastern ports to be more active so as to create free access to the movement of both human and natural resources needed for harnessing the maritime resources in the region".

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