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.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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