NPA douses Terminal Operators, Ship-owners’ agitation with Onne water channel clean-up

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NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) personnel, particularly those of the Environment Department of the Authority’s Corporate Headquarters and the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) have begun the Onne Port Channel Oil spill clean-up operations at the FOT, Onne.

The Authority’s image maker, and General Manager, Corporate & Strategic Communications, Engr. A.A. Jatto said such a collaborative gesture is the first of such project being executed.

Speaking on the side-lines of the kick off of the clean-up project at the Engineering Department premises at Federal Lighter Terminal (FLT) Onne, venue of the take-off of the Onne Port Channel oil spill clean-up operations, the Acting Port Manager Mrs Barbara Ejemeh Nchey-Achukwu who represented the Port Manager Alhassan Ismaila Abubakar commended the wisdom of the NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman for the approval, and subsequent commencement of the water channel clean-up, saying the effort would rest the various complaints from Terminal Operators in respect of oil pollution within their operational waters and domain.

Pointing out that Hadiza was demonstrating a duty of care, she also noted that vessel owners had been complaining over oil spill stains on their vessels hauls calling at Onne Port, and posited that the current exercise would certainly pacify them.

 “I know after this exercise, terminal operators will no longer complain to Onne Port Management of stains on their anchored vessels”, Nchey-Achukwu stated.

In a brief tool box meeting at the premises of the Engineering Department FLT, Onne, Engr. I.S Abdulbaki, General Manager HSE, said he and his team have come to Onne Port to clean up the water channels.

He said they could not ascertain the actual cause of the oil spills atthe Port, but suspected the activities of oil bunkers and waste from communities that empty into the water channels. He said part of the activities they are doing is to remove debris from the waters and use chemicals to clean the water to achieve improved water.

He said they will also embark on awareness campaign to raise the consciousness of the people on the need for clean waters, to sustain aquaticlife and navigation.

Also speaking, the Assistant General Manager, Environment Khadijat Sheidu-Shabi said that NPA has decided to carry out this oil- spill clean up to improve the quality of the Port water channels, “As an Authority, we are proud to show commitment to improving the navigational water channels within Onne Port”, the AGM Environments Khadijat Sheidu-Shabi stated.

On his part,Uchenna Chukwuemeka, Principal Manager, and Coordinator on scene, and the Commander of Onne Port channel clean-up operations said materials to be deployed for the exercise includes Bio-degradable materials (PRP), Remediation Products (PRP) and Pressure washers for removal of oil stains on the quay walls and the fenders.