The Federal Ministry of Transportation has disclosed its intention to shut down the Chevron Warri Jetty within two weeks.
It said this followed the disregard by Chevron Nigeria Limited to hinder stevedore services regardless of extant laws and standard procedures.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday and signed by the Director, Press & PR, Henshaw Ogubike.
The Permanent Secretary, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, who made this known at a meeting between Chevron Nigeria Limited, Bena-Franco, the Nigerian Ports Authority and the National Inland Waterways at the Ministry in Abuja stated that the ministry of transportation had the mandate to guide activities going on in the maritime sector and will act accordingly to protect that at all times.
In this regard, Ajani informed representatives of Chevron that the Nigerian Ports Authority as the master stevedore, had assigned a stevedore company in the last two years to the Warri jetty and have been denied access by Chevron despite all efforts by NPA.
Chevron had also avoided all meetings by Federal Ministry of Transportation & National Stevedore association to resolve this matter.
She advised that it would be in their best interest to grant Bena – Franco access to the jetty.
In the statement, she said, “You have the next two weeks to register this stevedore that has been assigned to you by the Federal Government of Nigeria to oversee what goes on at that jetty.”
Due to the inability of representatives of Chevron Nigeria Limited to substantiate on the status of operating license for the jetty, the permanent secretary mandated the taskforce on private jetties to avail her evidence of approval granted to the company immediately.
She noted that failure to comply within the next two weeks would leave the Ministry with no option than to shut operations at the Warri Jetty.
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