Baro Port’s Director General, Engr. Muhammad Abubakar Muregi handed the warning in an interview in Minna recently.
He said work on the construction of the port and the dredging of its river had given rise to the activities of land speculators in the area, adding that landowners were being enticed with cash to dispose their property by speculators.
He said the speculators were also encroaching into the government-acquired land, warning that any speculator trespassing into government property would be decisively dealt with.
“We want to sound a note of warning that government would not threaten a trespass into its acquired property with kid gloves,” he warned.
Baro Inland water port is an inland water port regarded as the first settlement of the Governor General of Nigeria, Lord Lugard. It is frequently visited by tourist who wants to explore the history of colonial nigeria.
Lord Lugard and his co-explorers arrived at Baro, then a small village at the bank of one of the tributaries of the River Niger during the course of their voyage which led to the establishment of an inland river port at Baro. At Baro Inland Port, warehouses used by the Europeans to store goods can be seen. Besides the port, lies a plateau hill, where Lord Lugard found a conducive dwelling place.
Baro, town and river port, Niger State, west central Nigeria, on the Niger River, 400 miles (650 km) from the sea. Originally a small village of the Nupe people, it was selected by the British as Nigeria’s link between rail and river transport; its solid bank—rare along the Lower Niger—could be used for loading river craft with Northern Nigeria’s cotton crop. Although the 350-mile (565-km) Baro–Kano railway was completed in 1911, it was shortly eclipsed in importance by a railroad built farther north, and the Baro–Kano line is no longer in use. From July to March, however, Baro is still used to ship peanuts (groundnuts) and cotton downstream to the Niger Delta ports of Burutu and Warri. Port Harcourt Capital Of Rivers state, Southern Nigeria
Most of the town’s local trade is in sorghum, yams, rice, millet, fish, palm oil, shea nuts, peanuts (groundnuts), and cotton. Swamp rice is cultivated commercially both by farmers in the vicinity and at the government’s irrigated rice projects at Loguma (10 miles [15 km] northwest) and Badeggi (35 miles [55 km] northwest).
Credit: Daily Trust