Yoruba’s Seaport Monopoly & Hand in Tinapa’s Close Down: Its Impact on National Unity & Secession of Marginalized Regions New York[RR]Lagos State–Have you ever asked yourself why out of a country of over 150 million people, boasting of 36 states and a federal capital territory, why all the fully functional ports are located only along the […]
New York[RR]Lagos State–Have you ever asked yourself why out of a country of over 150 million people, boasting of 36 states and a federal capital territory, why all the fully functional ports are located only along the axis of the South West?
They know that the successful functionality of ports in other viable regions would be a game changer for the Southsouth and Southeastern regions. You’d watch how industry, trade and commerce would exponentially rise in these regions and displace Lagos of its economic monopoly.
All the ports in other region other than Lagos axis have to be rendered redundant due to Yoruba greed in collaboration with the North to make sure no serious economic activity happens in Southeast/Southsouth. The North is afraid of any major developmental stride in the Southsouth and Southeast without them because, as things stand with the GDP from these regions, a sea port is bound to further enrich these states in the Southsouth and Southeast (a. k. a. Lower Niger).
As if Apapa Wharf and Tincan Island ports are not enough, behold came the new Badagry seaport as well. Allow me to affirm that Badagry seaport is primarily for the expansion of the economic potentials of Lagos state and Yoruba, in particular – then, maybe Nigeria, in general. There is also the conspiracy of the French concessioned owners of Tincan Container port who currently enjoy a monopoly in the business with the backing of the Yoruba. Opening up another port to the Southeast will surely reduce traffic to their wharfs and hence boast economic blossom for the Southeastern business-orientated industry which would benefit immensely from a container-capable seaport.
The central Nigerian government can manage all our seaports and collect all the taxes generated from various ports. But because our system is highly tribalistic, the Yoruba remain the ultimate beneficiaries since Nigeria’s existence for another century isn’t guaranteed.
Just like airports, categorization determines the capacity of the port. Enugu Airport was categorized in 2015 as an international airport which saw that international carriers operate in and out of the airport.
The Yoruba come up with insolent lies and blame the non-functionality of ports in Southsouth and Southeast regions to be attributed to insecurity in the Southsouth region. I then ask: How come this same “insecurity” didn’t stop petroleum activities in that same region the way it “affected” commercial seaport activities as is being claimed?