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PRESIDENT, Delta State Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Mr. David Iweta, yesterday accused the Federal Government of deliberately seeing to the collapse of Warri, Sapele, Koko and Burutu Ports with its refusal to dredge the 6.4 meters draft of the Escrvaos Bar in Delta State in the past 25 years.
Mr. Iweta, who is also the chairman of Madewel Products Limited in a statement made available to the media, noted that the Federal Government was promoting militancy in the Niger-Delta by its action.
He wondered why the same government which refused to dredge the Escravos Bar at a cost of N5 billion approved and released between N36 billion - N46 billion for the dredging the River Niger along the Lokoja channel via Onitsha within a period of just five to eight years.
His words: "The shallow state of 6.4 meters draft of Escravos Bar has led to the near zero activities at Warri, Sapele, Koko and Burutu ports.
"This is borne out of the over prolonged delays or refusal of the Federal Ministry of Transport to execute the endless promises to dredge the channel for the past 25 years, but within 5-8 years of proposing to dredge the River Niger, along the Lokoja Channel, they approved and released a whopping sum of N36billion-N46billion to dredge same via …