The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, is set to launch the dredging of the 152km Ajaokuta-Onitsha waterways on April 28 in Kogi State.
Amaechi told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that the dredging was an initiative of the National Inland Waterways Authority.
The minister commended the Managing Director of NIWA for the initiative, adding that already NIWA had mobilised its dredgers to carry out maintenance dredging on the Ajaokuta-Onitsha waterways to ensure smooth navigation of barges and vessels.
Amaechi said: “This is a good idea; the NIWA boss tries to get back our old dredgers to do the dredging by ourselves, not by contract, because we do not have money to award contract.
“Those companies that can use barges can move their freight; it is 2.5metre raft.
“They can use it to arrive at the Ajaokuta ramp for berthing within three months; we just want the waterways to be navigable.”
Amaechi said that the move would go a long way in facilitating the transportation of freight to the eastern part of the country.