President Muhammadu Buhari is set to inaugurate the new Baro River Port in Niger, on Saturday, January 19.
Mr. Tayo Fadile, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) made this known in a statement on Thursday in Lokoja.
He also disclosed that the port, built by the CGCC Global Project Nigeria Ltd, cost the Federal Government N6 billion to be completed.
According to Fadile, the new port is fitted with a Mobile Harbour Crane, Transit Shed and an Administrative block.
He added that: “It is also equipped with facilities such as water hydrant system, water treatment plant, reach stacker, 100KVA power generating set and three forklifts of various tonnages, among
others.“Baro Port is one of the river ports being built by the Federal Government to support the dredging of the Lower River Niger project.
“The Baro river port is expected to create at least 2,000 direct jobs and hundreds of thousands indirect jobs.
“It will help keep off the road several heavy duty trailers and trucks, thereby extending the life span of our roads.’’
Fadile also said that NIWA had started upgrading the road network linking the port.