Moribund Seaports In The East And The Relevance Of Our Political Representatives.

By Val Igwebuike

The Apapa gridlock and the fatal frustration currently confronting Nigerians living within and outside the environ shows clearly the evil machinations of the Nigerian government against Nigerians.
It shows the prearranged plans of the ruling class to satisfy the grand desires of the colonial masters in seeing to it that no meaningful economic development is achieved in Nigeria.

The gridlock in Apapa is an open indication that Lagos seaports no longer have the space capacity to Carter for the country's import and export business activities and other ancillary services derivable from seaports. Despite this public glaring limitations of the Lagos seaports and it's attendant socioeconomic consequences, the Nigerian government under the control of the Fulani hegemony, has blatantly refused to allow the optimum functionality of the deeper seaports in the Eastern part of the country.
For the records, there are five deep seaports in the Eastern Nigeria now divided into two geopolitical zones for unprofitable political reasons. These seaports have remained moribund for nearly three decades now. This is not done anywhere in the world. It is hard to believe that a country lavishing in stark economic underdevelopment can still engage in government policies that will strangulate possible economic avenues that have developmental potential.

By this obnoxious action of the
Nigerian government in stopping maximum utilisation of the seaports in the East for no laudable reason, the Nigerian government has been blocking the possibility of serious economic progress in the states where these seaports are naturally located.
More than five million businesses and nearly fifteen million jobs and other ancillary economic benefits have been denied the people of these regions. But, why will the government of Nigeria allow only seaports in Lagos to undertake all import and export transmissions when there other deeper seaports in the East of the same country? This is ridiculous and difficult to comprehend. How can a government of a country deny the citizens a possibly identified means of livelihood?

Again, this Brings in the biggest questions we are yet to ask:
What are the prime responsibilities of our political Representatives to the people, who elected them?
Why are the political Representatives from the South South and South East not seeing the economic deprivations suffered by their people as a result of the closed seaports in their states?
Why have these political Representatives not been fighting for the unquestionable revamping of the moribund seaports in the Eastern Nigeria?
Why are our sycophant sociocultural leaders not using this important economic developmental ingredient to negotiate for political affiliation?
What is actually preventing these seemingly parasitic leaders from the East of the Niger from mentioning this all encompassing economic necessity to all the presidential candidates asking for electoral support from our people?
Are there things they know that we don't know? Or are the reasons for the nonfunctional state of our seaports a clandestine conspiracy of the elites?

The above questions and more not yet asked are necessary, particularly at this August period of the general elections. It must be understood by all people from the Eastern Nigeria - South East and South South that the only reason why the Igbos have remained slaves in other states in Nigeria, especially Lagos, Kano, Abuja and others, is because our God-given greatest means of economic empowerment and seamless sociopolitical development, which is the seaports are conspiratorially made moribund by the Nigerian government.
It is high time we told the Nigerian government, our sycophantic sociocultural leaders and our parasitic political Representatives that our seaports must begin to function optimally. We must realize the simple fact that without the optimal function of the seaports in the East, we can not record any meaningful progress. Seaports are global sources of multiple holes of socioeconomic opportunities and unlockable development.
If we can not use this period of extreme desperation by the Politicians to win election by all means possible to renegotiate our standing in the political equation in Nigeria, we may not be able to enjoy the benefits of having  seaports at the shores of our ancestral lands.

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