- The Ibom Deep Seaport located in Akwa Ibom state is gotten the backing of the federal government
- Governor Udom Emmanuel has commended the commitment of the federal government to ensure the project is a success
- The project is expected to help decongest other ports in the country and improve the maritime sector
Governor Udom Emmanuel has applauded the federal government's determination to fast track the actualisation of Ibom Deep Seaport.
The governor specifically thanked the federal ministry of transportation, led by Chibuike Amaechi, and all relevant federal regulatory agencies and other federal agencies for their commitment to the project.
The commendations came on the heels of an announcement that the federal government is set to move to the next level of the procurement process of the Ibom Deep Water Port through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
Governor Emmanuel speaking through the commissioner for economic development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon said: “the government and people of Akwa Ibom state are very happy with this development.”
He noted that “the certification is clear evidence that the federal government appreciates the extensive benefits Ibom Deep Seaport will attract to the country in terms of expansive business and employment opportunities.”
“In addition, this development will provide federal with an additional port to help decongest other ports and ensure that Nigeria enjoys seamless engagement in its maritime sector,” he affirmed.
The project involves the development of a greenfield deepsea port and accompanying Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Akwa Ibom state.
The proposed port and FTZ are part of the planned Ibom Industrial City initiative that will be established on a 14,400-hectare site donated by the Akwa Ibom government for free.
Meanwhile, Governor Emmanuel has revealed that his vision for Akwa Ibom despite the COVID-19 pandemic is that before his tenure elapses, citizens of the state will enjoy robust economic growth and development even after he leaves office.
Similarly, Governor Emmanuel recently declared that Ibom Air, Akwa Ibom state-owned airline will make Nigeria proud.
The governor made the declaration at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 19 to herald the arrival of the airline's 4th aircraft in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital
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