- The Ibom Deep Seaport will be a reality soon as the Akwa Ibom state government puts final touches to all arrangements
- A joint project implementation committee has been set up to accelerate the completion of the project
- Officials of the Akwa Ibom state government and the Nigeria Port Authority are members of the committee
Hope for a quick actualisation of the Ibom Deep Seaport got a boost recently following the setting up of a Joint Project Implementation Committee, by both the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) and the Akwa Ibom state government.
At the Akwa Ibom state executive council meeting on Monday, April 13, Governor Udom Emmanuel approved the setting up of an interface committee to ensure the smooth take-off of the multi-billion dollar project.
The state commissioner for information and strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, told reporters that following the report presented to the council by the chairman technical committee on Ibom Deep Seaport Actualisation and Development, Mrs. Mfon Usoro, all steps towards the actualization of the Akwa Ibom dream project was on track.
According to him, the joint project committee by the NPA will serve as a one-stop-shop for all matters concerning the seaport between the federal and state government, while the state-instituted committee will interface with local stakeholders to ensure smooth takeoff of the project.
A report sent to Legit.ng by the Akwa Ibom state government quoted him as saying:
“The report on the Ibom Deep Seaport implementation was presented by the chairman of that technical committee, which informed the council that the Nigeria Port Authority had set up a joint project committee for the deep seaport and also said that every step to be taken on that project was on track.
“To further push the project, the council has set up a committee to interface with local stakeholders for a smooth takeoff of that project.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Akwa Ibom state government recently secured the final approval for the commencement of the project.
The approval of the project by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, signalled the completion of a series of approvals for the prime A¹ project which has outlasted two previous administrations.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel recently vowed to complete all major infrastructural projects in the state before leaving office.
The governor listed the Ibom Deep Seaport and the Ikot Oku Ikono flyover as some of the projects he hopes to complete before 2023.