President Goodluck Jonathan today commissioned the Onitsha River Port Complex, refurbished with over four Billion naira by the federal Government, as part of his administrations Transformation agenda as it concerns inland waterway system.
Correspondent Onuora Aninwobodo report that the commissioning was part of the projects billed to be commissioned by the President in his one day official visit to Anambra state.
Onitsha is generally believed to be the commercial nerve center of Eastern Nigeria and a vibrant trading hub in the country.
The commissioning of the River Port follows its extensive overhaul with complete facilities, warehouse and equipping of the port with cranes and forklifts.
The president said the port will provide the needed Economic opportunity to the South East.
The Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar said the Port is now navigable by a vast range of vessels including ships, boats, barges, ferries and tug boats.
He emphasized that the Port will provide the needed opportunity for inland water way transportation.
Minister for Works, Mike Onolememen said he is happy the work was done by an indigenous company and is up to international standard.
On his part, the President of South East South South Professionals, Emeka Ugwu-Oju praised the present administrations effort in completing and commissioning the Port as was advocated by the professional body.
Other stakeholders from the South East, which include Senators and House of Representative members, expressed gratitude over building the project in Onitsha.
The President later commissioned the Eastern gate way named after Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumuegwu Ojukwu.