The federal government must make efforts to revamp moribund ports in Delta State, the Urhobo Renaissance Movement (URM) has demanded.
This call came in a statement by the group on Tuesday where it said the move would decongest ports in Lagos State.
According to the group, the ports in Warri, Sapele, Burutu, Koko, Forcados and Escravos in Delta State should be revived to boost the country’s economy.
“Considering the enormous internally generated income, which the ports are likely to rake in for both the government and people of Nigeria and Delta State, we are demanding that our seaports be given the kind of attention the seaports in Lagos are receiving,” the statement added.
The statement further noted that “The enormous economic potentials of seaports cannot be better explained than through the ugly scenario of shipping and shipping-related activities in and around Apapa, occasioned by delays, unending and nightmarish gridlock to and from Apapa Port (Lagos).
“No other reason is responsible for this situation than for the singular fact that Lagos seaports, Apapa and Tin Can are the only active seaports in Nigeria even though the country can boast of even bigger seaport elsewhere in Nigeria.
“For example, the Delta State seaports have been either abandoned or taken over by the Navy.”
Also, the body said, “The only way we as a people are supposed interact with the Nigerian state is the equitable distribution of our commonwealth, through economics, politics, security and industrialisation of the federating unions.”