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A’Ibom Govt Renews Bid To Actualize Ibom Deep Seaport Project

...Repositions Implementation Committee

There are renewed hopes towards the actualization of the Ibom Deep Seaport as Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, moves to reposition the technical committee in charge of the implementation of the project.

As part of efforts in this direction, the governor took members of the Technical Committee on the Implementation of Ibom Deep Seaport around the new office accommodation assigned to them on the third floor of Dakadda Towers, the state-owned 21-storey smart building on Udo Udoma Banking Layout, Uyo.

According to the governor, who rose from a meeting with the committee and some technical partners, the move to allocate the new office space to the committee was necessitated by the need to provide them with the requisite and befitting infrastructure to aid the realisation of the Deep Seaport project in line with resolutions at the meeting.

He assured that with the steps taken by the state government in recent times, including the award of a contract for the construction of the 13.6 km Orukim-Unyenghe-Universal Energy Road to the Ibom Deep Seaport site and the allocation of the new befitting accommodation, among others, the pursuit of the seaport project was back on track.

“We have been working on the Ibom Deep Seaport, but I think it is now time for us to revitalise that committee. So today we had a meeting to do a proper review of all our outstanding matters. They didn’t have a befitting office, so the government has now brought them here to have one. We are going to begin to have investors come in and all of that.

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“I think we have had a good discussion, and we have commenced the whole process again. What I can say is that we are all ready now; we are back, and you will begin to see activities geared towards the realisation of the Ibom Deep Seaport,” the governor stated.

On her part, the Chairman of the Technical Committee on the Implementation of Ibom Deep Seaport, Mrs. Mfon Usoro, thanked the governor for the office accommodation and other forms of support to the committee, which she described as a demonstration of his commitment to the project.

She affirmed that the project will not only place Akwa Ibom State on the global maritime map but also serve as a major economic gateway to West and Central Africa.

Mrs. Usoro maintained that, with Governor Umo Eno’s gesture, committee members and consultants are rejuvenated to work even more assiduously towards the accomplishment of the project.

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