Reps Urge FG To Dredge Escravos Bar Beyond 7.5m Depth.
The House of Representatives called on the federal government to dredge the Escravos bar to a depth of more than 7.5 meters to improve high-tonnage vessel navigation.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was also requested by the House to relocate oil pipelines along the Warri bar.
The resolution came after Thomas Ereyitomi presented a motion at the plenary titled “Need to Revisit the Dredging of the Escravos Bar, Warri, Koko, and Sapele Ports.”
Ereyitomi, who presented the motion, mentioned that the Nigerian Ports Authority, or NPA, dredged the Escravos waterway in Delta State in 2018.
He said: “The Escravos bar was reportedly not dredged beyond a depth of 7.5 metres due to the presence of oil pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. Concerned that due to the high rate of siltation, the depth of the Escravos bar has drastically reduced to approximately 3.9 metres.
“The Warri, Koko, and Sapele ports have still not recorded improved traffic from hightonnage vessels carrying petrol and other commodities, and as such, vessels need to wait for high tides or risk running aground.
“In a bid to avoid paying demurrage, most petrol-carrying vessels which ventured into the Escravos bar in recent times have suffered damages.”
The House mandated its Committee on Ports and Harbour to ensure that the resolution was followed.
Similarly, the House instructed its Committee on Housing and Habitat to look into the Federal Mortgage Bank’s and the National Housing Fund’s unwarranted delays and non-refunds of retiree donations to the National Housing Fund.
The Federal Mortgage Bank and the National Housing Fund will also be investigated by the committee in terms of contributions and remittances from Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.
Hon. Eta Mbora offered a motion titled “Need to Investigate the Non-refund of Contributions to Beneficiaries by the National Housing Fund, NHF,” titled “Need to Investigate the Non-refund of Contributions to Beneficiaries by the National Housing Fund, NHF.”
Mbora stated in his motion that the National Housing Fund (NHF) was formed to help collect funds for the provision of affordable housing for Nigerians who are employed.
He also mentioned that every Nigerian earning N3, 000 or more per year must donate 2.5 percent of his or her monthly wage to the NHF.
The committee was allowed four weeks to complete its inquiry and submit a report to the House of Representatives for future legislative action.