Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has flagged off the hydrographic survey and dredging of Oguta/Orashi River, in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo state.
The dredging of the river will link Imo to Degema in Rivers State, and to the Atlantic Ocean.
Speaking at the ceremony on the bank of the River, Osinbajo said the project would also expand Nigeria‘s free trade zone and facilitate her contribution to trade in Africa and the world.
The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma said the project which would be executed through a public-private partnership, will create additional employment opportunities for the people of Imo.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who described the dredging as a dream come true, urged the federal government to speedily actualise the project.