The Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ONCCIMA), has urged local importers from South-East and South-South to patronize Onitsha River Port by routing their cargoes and wares through the port. President, ONCCIMA, Chris Ukachukwu, made the appeal during a stakeholders’ interactive meeting organized by the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), in Onitsha.
He said that with the resumption of activities at the port, business activities and commerce would come alive in the region.
According to him, the patronage of the port by importers will reduce pressures on the roads and curtail accidents and pollution associated with big trucks plying the roads.
“Once the Onitsha River Port comes on stream, a lot of businesses will spring up; more jetties will come on board, and logistical businesses associated with value chains of the port will also come on board”, he said.
Ukachukwu also expressed optimism that the port would create gainful employment for the teeming youths in the area.
The port, he added, would boost the state and federal governments’ Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and as well attract local and foreign investors to the country.
“The local, state and the Federal Governments will also have more revenues to collect. Then, companies that do businesses with port will come into Onitsha”, he said.