By Oduyemi Odumade
The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to consider the urgent need for the establishment of an inland dry port at Emene, Enugu state as a means of increasing the revenue and GDP of the country.
This was a sequel to a motion by a member representing Enugu East/Isiuzo Constituency, Professor Paul Nnamchi at plenary.
In his lead Debate, the lawmakers stated that Emene is very strategic in fostering economic growth, industrial development, and regional connectivity and enjoys proximity to the Southern and Northern Regions.
He said the lack of a major inland port in Enugu, the Former Eastern capital of Nigeria, is hindering the region’s potential for efficient and cost-effective transportation of goods and speedy delivery of services.
Professor Nnamchi observed that undue bureaucratic delays in clearing and forwarding processes in Nigerian major ports can be reduced with an Emene, Enugu Inland Dry Port due to its vast inter-state trade connectivity web, and seamless transport logistics.
“The abundance and availability of solid minerals in Enugu and some parts of South Eastern Nigeria, like Coal, limestone, lead/Zinc and abundant agricultural produce among others, can increase revenue and create employment opportunities for the government through the inland dry port.
Nnamchi added that the establishment of the inland dry port will also enhance trade relations, agricultural investments, supply chains and diversified economic cooperation in the South East region.
Adopting the motion, the house mandated the Committee on Ports and Harbours to liaise with the Management of Nigeria Ports Authority to come up with a workable modality that will ensure the speedy establishment of the dry port.
The House also mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance to monitor and expedite necessary actions for the successful implementation of the motion and report back to the House within 3 weeks for further legislative action.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi
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