By Sunny A. Ijomah
The long awaited dream of concession of Onitsha River Port may be a dream come true, going by the statement of the new Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, Chief George Moghalu.
Chief Moghalu, who during his familiarisation tour of the Onitsha River Port lamented that the port which was commissioned in 2013 by former President Goodluck Jonathan has not been a port of destination since its commissioning, resolved to ensure the concession in no distant time.
The NIWA Managing Director, who was flanked by the Anambra State Chairman of All Progressive Congress, APC, Hon. Basil Ejidike, said: “the concession will help traders in the South-East and South South to transport their wares from other places to the Onitsha River Port”.
He expressed optimism that it would be of commercial interest to the Nation.
The Managing Director later paid homage to the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe where he assured him of the concession which will also ease port congestion.
Meanwhile, the NIWA host community, Obamkpa Clan, Umuasele village Onitsha, has through its Head, (Diokpa Ogbo family), Omodi Obiora Nzekwu, commended NIWA, adding that President Mohammadu Buhari made a good choice by appointing him to pilot the affairs of NIWA.
According to the host community, “Chief Muoghalu will use his God-given knowledge to pilot the affairs of NIWA to the next level as an experienced politician who is always interested in moving the Nation forward”
The host community vowed to assist him in providing dividends of democracy to the Nigerian people.
In a swift reaction, traders at Niger Street expressed dissatisfaction with the State Chairman of All Progreeive Congress, APC, Hon. Basil Ejidike for accompanying the NIWA MD during the visit.
According to the traders who spoke through their spokesman, Mr. Henry Madu, “he is not supposed to accompany him to the visit because he is APC Chairman but NIWA is a Federal Government agency.”
“Also, the traders at the timber market defeated Chief Ejidike in court when he was the Onitsha South Coucil Chairman”
We urge the Managing Director of NIWA not to listen to whatever advice given by Chief Ejidike on NIWA in Onitsha”.