Baro Inland water port, located at Baro, in Agaie Local Government, Niger State is complete and will be commissioned by the Federal Government in August, according to the Acting Managing Director of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority, Alhaji Danladi Ibrahim.
Ibrahim stated in Abuja that all cargo equipment needed for the Baro port to commence operation were now being installed, even as he assured that the concession of the Onitsha Port will also be concluded soon.
“Baro Port has been completed; the cargo handling the equipment is being installed right now.
“It is expected that by next month the port will be ready for commissioning while the concession of the Onitsha port will also be concluded. Any moment from now, the concessionaire will take over the Onitsha port.
“The work on Baro Port has been on for more than three years now and when completed, it will create close to two million jobs.
“The port is the anchor of North West, North Central transportation and the port is linked to railway where cargo can be moved.
“Onitsha port will serve the South East Nigeria; in fact, Onitsha port will be the most viable port as over 60 per cent of cargo in Nigeria goes to Onitsha, so it is going to be a very busy port,” Ibrahim said.
He, however, said that Onitsha port would be concession based on government policy, that the private sector should be the operator while government will provide the infrastructure.