President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday urged Nigerians to give him more time to deliver on his promises.
Speaking in Onitsha, Anambra State during the inauguration of the N4.6 billion Onitsha River Port Complex, Mr Jonathan said he would deliver on his promises before the end of his tenure.
He promised to develop an integrated transport system, linking airports, sea ports and rail to boost commerce and the movement of cargoes.
Also speaking, the Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, said the river port would stimulate economic activities and job creation.
He said three inland water ports in Baro, Niger; Oguta, Imo, and Yamata, Kogi, would soon be completed and inaugurated.
The Minister thanked the president and the Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, for supporting his ministry in developing water transport.
The Senate President, David Mark, who was represented by Zainab Kure, promised to work harmoniously with the executive arm of government to develop the nation’s economy.
He urged synergy among the ministries to ensure quality budgeting, adding that the government would soon set up a board on deep sea water.
Mr Mark hoped that the Baro Port would be inaugurated in the next 12 months.
The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, said the project would reduce the pressure on Nigerian roads and also create jobs.
During his visit, the president also inaugurated oil drilling activities at Orient Oil Resource Centre, near Aguleri; the SABMiller Brewery in Onitsha; and Orange Drugs Factory.
He also unveiled the giant statue of the Ikemba Nnewi, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, and named the expanded expressway from Niger Bridgehead to Upper Iweka Road – the gateway to the South East – as Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Way.