FG says only 4,000km of Nigeria’s waterways navigable

FG says only 4,000km of Nigeria’s waterways navigable

- The secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, says the trade volume between Nigeria and Ukraine stands at $93.3m as of November 2017

- He advocates for a partnership with Ukraine to enable the federal government to further develop its waterways

- Section 1 of Kano-Maiduguri road dualisation reaches 55 percent completion

The federal government has disclosed that only 4,000km of Nigeria’s 10,000km waterways is navigable

The disclosure was made by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday, April 5, at the Nigeria - Ukraine trade and investment round-table held in Abuja, The Punch reports.

“Nigeria has 10,000km waterways and 4,000km is navigable. I believe that if the waterway is fully developed, it can take away pressure from our roads as a bulk of our cargoes can go on our waterways,” Mustapha said.

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He advocated for a partnership with Ukraine to enable the federal government to further develop its waterways, which he said would reduce the pressure on the nation’s roads.

The secretary said the trade volume between Nigeria and Ukraine stood at $93.3m as of November 2017, and expressed the hope that trade between both countries would increase.

“The visit came at a time Nigeria is pursuing economic growth that will aid its vision of being among top 20 economies in the world.

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“As at November last year, trade volume between Nigeria and Ukraine was $93.3m which was a decrease by four percent in 2016. With your visit, we hope the volume of trade would increase in 2018,” he said.

In another report, after 11 years of awarding the contract to the contractor, the dualisation of section 1 of the Kano-Maiduguri road, a 101 km stretch, has reached 55 percent completion, Leadership reports.

Legit.ng noted that the completion date for the project, which is situated in Kano and Katsina states in the northwest, is late 2018.

The level of completion was disclosed to a national media team put together at the instance of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing when the team visited the project to access the performance so far.

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Source: Legit.ng

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