Mohammed Bello-Koko, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has stated that despite the urgent need for the reconstruction of the breakwaters at the Warri Pilotage District, vessels are still able to berth in the district.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, Bello-Koko explained that the Escravos breakwaters, which were originally built to prevent the siltation of the Warri channels, collapsed many years ago. However, the NPA has conducted a survey and mapped the channel.
The NPA is currently in the final stages of securing the necessary approvals for the most suitable financing option to fund the reconstruction of the breakwaters. In the meantime, the NPA has implemented measures to ensure the safe berthing of legally operating vessels, aligning with the objective of facilitating trade.
Despite the challenges posed by the damaged breakwaters, the NPA remains committed to maintaining the functionality of the Warri Pilotage District.
By prioritizing the reconstruction of the breakwaters and implementing mitigating measures, the NPA aims to ensure the continued operation of the district by supporting maritime trade and facilitating the movement of vessels in the area.