The Region reserves enormous importation and exportation potentials.
T he new Director of the National Ports Authority, NPA, Dr Eboupeke Louis, was in the South West on Thursday, October 14, for fact-finding and acquaintance visit, which took him to the Tiko, Limbe and Idenau Ports facilities. He concluded his visit on October 15 with a stop at the National Oil Refinery, SONARA’s Port Terminal meant for the importation and exportation of its petroleum products. Dr Eboupeke was accompanied to the South West by the Deputy Director General, Ayuketa Pamela, and 16 other Directors of the Ports Authority. The NPA Boss and his delegation opened their visit with the Tiko Ports facility where they were led round by the Head of the Limbe Ports Authority, Lionel Nkem Forsi, and Regional Coordinator for the South West and Manager of the Limbe Ports Agency, Oben Eta. At the Tiko Ports, Dr Eboupeke Louis was shown a newly built warehouse structure housing offices. He was taken into a new and more spacious warehouse within the new structure, which had well over 20 cars recently imported from abroad by Cameroonians. It was an evidence that the business persons from the South West and beyond can now easily import cars from abroad through the Tiko Ports facility. The NPA Boss witnessed one of the problems of the Tiko Ports, which is the berthing section where ships come and anchor and has got a lot of wrecked ships that need to be removed. Besides, the authorities also observed the difficulty of having military installations in a reduced space with the Port’s installations. The Director General of NPA proceeded to Limbe, where they visited the age-old wharf at Bota, Limbe. This facility was built in the colonial days by the Germans. It was concluded that some rehabilitation works will have to be done, especially along the quay of the Port. And for ample security of those who use the facility, the Director General recommended that a railing be constructed along the edges of the quay to ensure the safety of those working there. The quay at the Bota wharf, towards the seaward end, has got no protective railings by the edges. Its absence makes it possible that a human or cargo can accidentally fall into the sea. At Idenau, the Port appeared very busy. The peculiarity here is that most of the boats used for importation and exportation are made out of wood. In some of the boats, workers were busy offloading goods from Nigeria. Amongst some of the imports from Nigeria are plastics, slipper wears, edibles and others. While from Cameroon, exported goods include items such as palm oil among others. The visit ended at Ngeme Site, the site long earmarked for the construction of the Limbe Deep seaport. Here it was observed that some individuals were already constructing houses on the site. In a briefing to the press, the South West Regional Coordinator and Limbe Ports Agency Manager, Oben Eta, said the Director General received an ample explanation of all the problems plaguing the Ports here and has promised to find lastly solutions.