By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency,NIMASA,Mr. Temi Raymond Omatseye on Thursday stated that “Sea Piracy” is scaring ship owners from doing businesses in Delta State.
Omatseye made the assertion in a keynote address he presented at the 1st Warri Economic Summit.
Omatseye who is a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stated that many of the youths are responsible for the crimes including Sea Piracy which takes in the Niger Delta Region saying,”It is the youths that do the piracy. Enough is enough”.
Omatseye disclosed that a major investment being sponsored by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
He begged youths and elders in Delta State to allow investors stay and.do business without any disturbances in Koko, Warri North Local Government Area.
Omatseye explained that the investment when fully operational, will change the land scape of Koko.
Omatseye said that the Escravos Bar is being signed adding that within the next thirty days, the dredging of the Escravos bar will commence.
He noted that with the dredging, vessels can come in from Sanomi Creeks to Warri Port just as he begged the youths and elders to take ethnicity aside and allow cargoes come in.
Omatseye who spoke on”Making Warri Port the preferred Port destination” disclosed that 1.3million metric tons of refined crude is at Lome and another 1.3million Metric tons is at Lagos State.
Omatseye stressed that Lagos State is a mess.”It cannot anymore cargoes and everybody is screaming for help. Dangote is loosing 2billion a month by virtue of the Apapa Port.
“The cost of petroleum landing product by tankers is not the problem. The problem is logistics from Cargo to offshore Lagos to Nigerian Ports.
“Youths, we must step aside and take away ethnicity. Warri does not even have the landed space to receive cargoes.
“Nobody has progressed when they put ethnicity before them. I will work anybody who wants to make Delta better.”
“The surrounding infrastructures in Warri land does not even support the eclvacuation of cargoes.
Omatseye said,” People from Kano are exporting cargoes from Calabar out of Nigeria. Youths, we must stop being loyal. You cannot hold somebody responsible for your problems.
Omatseye called on the Local Government Council to collaborate with the investors that will come in for the aforementioned projects so that vessels can come to Warri as assured the Warri South Council Chairman, Hon. Michael Tidi that Warri will rise again.
In his opening Speech, the Warri South Council Chairman,Hon. Michael Tidi on Thursday stated the Council aims to achieve two major outcomes as it holds the 1st Warri Economic Summit.
The outcomes he said includes, “First, we want to identify a few key sectors where Warri can be No. 1 or No. 2 in business within the next 3 years. Secondly, we want to identify what can be done to revive maritime trade in Warri within the next 6-12 minths. If we can.define a road map to achieve these goals at the end of the two day Summit we would have done very well.
The Warri South Council boss said,” Beyond that, we must intensify efforts to implement whatever road map the business leaders of Warri draw.”