Contract Awarded for Dredging of River Benue

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the Federal Government has awarded contract for the dredging of the critical part of River Benue.

Mr. Amaechi, who disclosed this at the 2017 budget defence before members of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport on Thursday in Abuja, said that work will soon commence.

He said the project was a fallout of the decision of the Federal Government to maximize the use of the resources of 12 major rivers in the country.

The minister added that the capital dredging of the Lower River Niger from Warri to Baro, covering a distance of 572 kilometres had also commenced.

He added that Baro River Port had achieved 95 per cent completion, adding that arrangement was being made for the provision of cargo handling equipment and turning of the basin to port.

According to him, government has approved the upward review of fees and tariffs for the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), to enable the country look inward and improve its economic base.

He said the government was determined to encourage a river dependent sustainable economic development through marine transportation.