• Short Summary

    PORT HARCOURT AND TWO OTHER PORTS IN EASTERN NIGERIA RE-OPENED FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE ON WEDNESDAY (APRIL 1).

  • Description

    PORT HARCOURT AND TWO OTHER PORTS IN EASTERN NIGERIA RE-OPENED FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE ON WEDNESDAY (APRIL 1). THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED TO LIFT THE BLOCKADE ON THE THREE EASTERN PORTS, ORIGINALLY IMPOSED THREE YEARS AGO TO COUNTER TRADE WITH THE FORMER SECESSIONIST BIAFRA.

    THE FEDERAL TRANSPORT COMMISSION ANNOUNCED THAT INSTRUCTIONS HAD BEEN ISSUED TO PORT OFFICIALS AND POLICE TO PROVIDE THE FACILITIES FOR SHIPS TO USE PORT HARCOURT, CALABAR AND ABONEMA WITHOUT HINDRANCE.

    THE REOPENING OF THESE THREE PORTS WAS INTENDED TO EASE THE CONGESTION IN THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST TRADE CENTRE, THE CAPITAL LAGOS, WHERE LESS THAN A MONTH AGO THERE WERE REPORTS OF A BACKLOG OF 30 SHIPS AWAITING TO BE UNLOADED.

    SOME SHIPS WHICH HAD WAITED FOR WEEKS FOR DOCKING FACILITIES IN LOGOS WERE THIS WEEK BEING URGED BY THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO DIVERT TO PORT HARCOURT.

    THERE WAS NO IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT TO THE SITUATION IN LAGOS, HOWEVER. AND YESTERDAY (SATURDAY), THE CAPITAL'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAD URGENT TALKS AT THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT IN AN EFFORT TO INTRODUCE NEW MEASURES FOR DIVERTING SHIPS AWAY FROM THE CONGESTED LAGOS DOCKS.

    SYNOPSIS: PORT HARCOURT, TOGETHER WITH TWO OTHER PORTS IN EASTERN NIGERIA, RE-OPENED FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE ON WEDNESDAY (APRIL 1). THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED TO LIFT THE BLOCKADE ON THE THREE EASTERN PORTS. IT WAS ORIGINALLY IMPOSED NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO TO STIFLE TRADE WITH FORMER SECESSIONIST BIAFRA. DESPITE THE RE-OPENING, RED CROSS RELIEF SUPPLIES VERY NEARLY OUTNUMBERED COMMERCIAL SHIPMENTS IN PORT HARCOURT.

    THE FEDERAL NIGERIA TRANSPORT COMMISSION TOLD INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING REPRESENTATIVES EARLY IN MARCH THAT THE EASTERN PORTS WOULD BE BACK IN BUSINESS THIS MONTH - AND THAT INSTRUCTIONS HAD BEEN ISSUED TO PORT OFFICIALS AND POLICE TO PROVIDE THE FACILITIES FOR SHIPS TO USE PORT HARCOURT, CALABAR AND ABONEMA WITHOUT HINDRANCE.

    THE RE-OPENING OF THE PORTS WAS PARTLY INTENDED TO EASE CONGESTION IN THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST TRADE CENTRE, THE CAPITAL LAGOS. LESS THAN A MONTH AGO THERE WERE REPORTS FROM LAGOS OF A BACKLOG OF THIRTY SHIPS AWAITING TO BE UNLOADED. OTHER SHIPS, WHICH HAD WAITED FOR WEEKS TO DOCK IN LAGOS, WERE THIS WEEK BEING URGED BY THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO DIVERT TO PORT HARCOURT.

    BUT FEWER SHIPS DIVERTED THAN HAD BEEN EXPECTED, AND THE CONGESTION IN LAGOS DID NOT IMPROVE. SO THIS WEEKEND, THE LAGOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAD URGENT TALKS WITH THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT IN A NEW BID TO DIVERT SHIPS TO EASTERN NIGERIA'S PORTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA399112Z2C8KFI0VBUFZR5XJTF
    Media URN:
    VLVA399112Z2C8KFI0VBUFZR5XJTF
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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