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Thursday, 8 August 2019

OPEN LETTER TO MRS. HADIZA BALA USMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NIGERIA PORTS AUTHORITY

OPEN LETTER TO MRS. HADIZA BALA USMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NIGERIA PORTS AUTHORITY

Dear Madam,

It gives me a great pleasure using this medium to reach you on a very salient national issue, hoping that you will find time to go through it. It is unfortunate that an expert like you on Port concerns could cook up fallacious and misleading stories capable of demeaning a very esteemed parastatal of huge national interest such as the one under your supervision. Under your very nose, the rising state of stagnation accompanying services at Lagos Sea Port presently, as you painted is to say the least, most disappointing.

Mrs. Hadiza Bala Usman
The fact that Nigerians today only utilize the Lagos Sea Port for their importation businesses does not justify your claim as the only alternative but rather, vividly portrays the level of economic decadence and frustration many enterprises in other regions go through in Nigeria. Business people who are helplessly compelled to patronize Lagos as the only choice, have to grapple with the only disgracefully functional sea port made available to them in the country. It is unjustifiably proof-worthy therefore, to commend Nigerians who have no other alternative than solemnly engaging on importation adventure through a well planned agenda of pitching the Lagos sea port as the only functional business window. Such only buttresses the abysmal state of civility in the system which is hampering the economic/exchange growth rate as obtained elsewhere in the world.

The economic policy of Nigeria is absolutely bereft of progressive growth index and that is why in regions like the South-East and South-South, there exists dearth of socio-economic infrastructures that could engender prosperity and expansion. There is a deliberate government policy that favors and generates commercial fortunes of today's Lagos. Or how else can your deficient claim be justified Madam, when over 85% of successful entrepreneurs importing their goods through the Lagos sea port are from the Eastern part of Nigeria? Does it therefore mean that it is coincidental that in your tenure, it is only the Lagos sea port that remains the only verifiable choice for all importers, their business locations nonetheless?

As the highest authority in the industry, it is expected that you embark on fact finding trips down to Onitsha/Aba main markets amongst other vibrant commercial institutions within the Eastern region to verify my points. There is need to closely have a look at the prevalent monumental level of economic movements therein despite the seeming Nigerian government's strangulation policy. Perhaps your personal findings will help initiate a reversal.

I would conclusively, like to put it straight before the Nigeria Port Authority which is directly under your supervision, that all is not really well. Your ministry has to immediately embark on the construction/rehabilitation of new and the purposefully abandoned sea ports in both the South-East and South-South regions which are indisputable case studies of the government's strangulation/marginalisation policies. Attach such bold approach if embarked on, with only six months ultimatum and you will find reasons to come to terms with the prevailing destructive and unholy economic policies. Lagos sea port was exclusively and craftily designed for undue economic favor by Nigeria administrators at the expense of Warri, Calabar, Port Harcourt and Onne sea ports against the people from those regions. That marginalisation policy aimed at muzzling the economic fortunes of business men and women within the Eastern part of Nigeria, has left them absolutely with no other choice than to temporarily embrace Lagos as the only resort.

Thanks,
Moses Agbo
Writing for Family Writers Press International

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