In a groundbreaking move aimed at bolstering trade and economic growth, the Federal Government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), is set to inject a staggering $1.1 billion into the comprehensive rehabilitation of long-neglected port facilities across the nation.
The targeted ports include the historic TinCan, Apapa, Rivers, Delta, Calabar, and Onne ports, some of which have stood since the dawn of the 20th century without significant upgrades. The lack of refurbishment has hindered the deployment of modern cargo handling equipment, such as ship-to-shore cranes, leading to prolonged vessel turnaround times.
The ambitious rehabilitation plan encompasses a wide array of critical projects:
Tin-Can Island Port Complex (TCIPC): A reconstruction initiative covering a substantial 2,563 meters of Quay Wall and Pavement, addressing various infrastructural deficiencies.
Lagos Port Complex (Apapa Quays): A targeted reconstruction of the 2,020-meter Quay wall is slated to replace the outdated gravity wall (Berths 4-14), ushering in a new era of efficiency.
Warri, Delta State: The rehabilitation efforts extend to the reconstruction of the collapsed 8.6-kilometer Escravos Breakwaters, a crucial component for maritime safety and stability.
FLT 2, Onne Port: A reconstruction endeavor focusing on a 200-meter Quay Wall, addressing the specific needs of this strategic port.
Calabar Dockyard: The rehabilitation efforts extend to the restoration of the Calabar Dockyard, an essential facility for port operations.
Warri Old Port (Terminal C) and Warri Old Port (Terminal A): Reconstruction projects for 80 meters and 280 meters of sheet pile wall structure, respectively, are poised to enhance the functionality of these ports.
Calabar Port Jetty: Mciver Jetty and Millero Jetty are slated for comprehensive reconstruction, a pivotal step in rejuvenating the Calabar Port.
Upon completion, these extensive rehabilitation efforts are anticipated to bring the aging ports to full operational capacity, fostering improved efficiency and significantly reducing the Turnaround Time (TAT) of vessels and cargo dwell times. The monumental investment signifies a pivotal stride towards positioning Nigeria as a maritime hub and propelling economic growth on the African continent.