The Ministry of Works and Housing has said that three contractors are currently working on the access road of Baro Port in Niger State.
The Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, Boade Akinola, said that the Baro Port-Guru town axis road is being handled by Building & Construction Nigeria Ltd sponsored with SUKUK and budget funds, Gulu-Yaba axis is being handled by GR Building, while Yaba-Yangoji is being handled by JMA Lubell Nigeria Ltd through appropriation.
“There are plans to include the other two sections in subsequent SUKUK issuance to speed up the project completion. GR is surveying and doing preliminary works, while the other two are already doing site clearance. More progress will be made after the rains,” she said.
It would be recalled that since President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Baro Riverport in Niger State more than one year ago, it is yet to commence operation due to a dilapidated access road.
The port was awarded by former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to Messrs CGGC Global Projects Limited in 2012 at the cost of N2.5 billion.
Public Relations Officer of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Jibril Darda’u, said the authority was doing everything possible to ensure that the access road to the port was reconstructed for immediate commencement of economic activities.
He further disclosed that the Managing Director of NIWA, Kingsley Moghalu, has set up a meeting with the Governor of Niger State on discussing the road condition with President Buhari.