OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Thursday directed its Committee on Works to ensure that there is provision for the completion of the Bonny–Port Harcourt waterways project in the 2020 budget.
The directive followed the consideration of a motion by Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers) on the spate of piracy attacks on Bonny – Port-Harcourt waterways.
Speaking on her motion, Apiafi revealed that four boats were attacked on the 26th September, 2019 by pirates who dispossessed passengers of their valuables and kidnapped some of them.
According to her, “this unprecedented challenge on the Bonny-Port-Harcourt waterways has put many travelers at risk, almost on a daily basis. armed bandits kidnap commuters”.
Senator Apiafi further noted that the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) will soon commence its project along that route which “will increase traffic along the waterways and put more lives at risk.”
Contributing to the motion, Senator Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers) added that the activities of sea pirates had led to the abduction, rape, and killing of citizens using the waterways.
The red chamber in its other resolution urged security agencies to increase surveillance along the Bonny-Port Harcourt waterways.