Ondo/Benin Sea Ports: Transport Ministry Inaugurates Steering Committee

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Ondo/Benin Sea Ports: Transport Ministry Inaugurates Steering Committee

By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman

The Federal Ministry of Transportation has inaugurated a Project Steering Committee for the planned Ondo Deep Sea and Benin River Ports.

According to Henshaw Ogubike, Director of Press & PR, the inauguration was carried out by Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry.

The committee’s purpose is to guide and oversee the projects, as well as secure necessary permits and approvals, as part of the government’s efforts to reduce congestion at Western Ports and increase the maritime sector’s impact on the economy.

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Speaking at the inauguration, the Permanent Secretary said the terms of reference for the Committee is to provide guidance and direction on the projects and also facilitate necessary permits, clearance and approvals for the projects.

She said it will also be the responsibility of the Committee to prepare the transaction for the Honourable Minister to obtain Federal Executive Council’s approval

Members of the Steering Committee include the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, representatives of the Federal Ministries of Finance and Justice, National Inland Waterways, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission amongst others.

The Committee is to start work immediately.

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