Nigerian Minister of Transport senator Idris Umar has disclosed arrangements made by the federal government to develop six new deep seaports in south-west and south-south geographical zones of Africa.
This is be carried out through Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
The proposed deep seaports, include Lekki, Lagos; Ibaka in Akwa Ibom State; Badagry deep seaport in Lagos; Olokola deep seaport in Ogun and Ondo States; Agge deep seaport in Bayelsa State, and Ogidigbe, near Escravos in Delta State.
Umar emphasised that the growth of the new seaports was the ultimate solution in addressing the developmental problems with the sector.
He said: “The appointment of the interim economic regulator was done with clear objectives which government hopes would be achieved both in the short- and long-term frame, aimed at making Nigeria the hub of international freight and trade in West Africa.”
According to Umar, there is a need for justice on issues affecting the maritime industry, adding that the responsibility rests on key operators in the industry and other relevant stakeholders.
He added: “We must realise that our new position as the leading economy in Africa places some heavy responsibilities on us as a country.”
He concluded: “All eyes are on us and the way we resolve some seemingly intractable problems matter to other African countries and to the whole world.”