CHARGES GOV. WIKE TO HARVEST POTENTIAL BENEFITS
Convinced that this is one of the most genuine demonstrations of the federal government’s commitment towards the ease of doing business policy, the Inter-ethnic Network for Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Buhari, INCRAB, lauds President Muhammadu Buhari over the decision to divert all vessels that are unable to discharge at Lagos terminals within four days to eastern ports
The diversion of vessels to eastern ports will automatically trigger development and all-round economic growth in the host States. The importance of this new policy are numerous, ranging from employment generation, rapid economic growth, infrastructural advancement and several other growth indicators.
As a pro-society group and watchdog, we invite the general public and most particularly, the Rivers State Government to key into the vast array of opportunities these laudable decision by President Buhari provides. If well harnessed, the diversion of vessels to eastern ports will not only curb crime rate by providing employment for the teeming citizens – youth and women – alike, but will also stimulate rapid economic growth.
With this new policy, Rivers State is in for a massive economic boom, unprecedented development and improved Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, however, this depends on how well the State government is able to manage this rare opportunity.
We therefore, admonish Gov. Wike to jettison all manner of sentiments and politics, co-operate with the federal government and all relevant stakeholders and take full advantage of this opportunity to better the lot of Rivers State and its people.
More than before, this is the time for the Governor to take the issue of security in the State seriously, expand roads around the ports and create more access roads if possible.
As a matter of urgency, Gov. Wike must take practical measures to encourage the full implementation of this policy. This is not time to setup unnecessary task force that will impose exorbitant charges on operators. The Governor should opt for more civil and responsible methods of collecting revenues where necessary.
Once again, we commend President Muhammadu Buhari for this directive. We also thank Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, for driving the process and making necessary recommendations to the President through the Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA.
The diversion of vessels to Eastern Ports will go down in history as one of the best decisions of the President Buhari-led government.
February 3, 2020.