Akwa Ibom tasks committee on 2018 deadline for deep seaport
THE Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel has inaugurated a ten member technical committee charged with the responsibility of actualizing Ibom Deep Seaport on or before December 31, 2018.
The Governor also mandated members of the committee to draw up a road map in collaboration with other stakeholders for the next project phase.
According to the Governor, the committee under the chairmanship of former Director General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mrs Mfon Usoro, is to review the Outline Business Case (OBC) and other relevant documents to guide in the timely delivery of the project.
The committee is also expected to ensure compliance with the ICRC Act, 2005 and the National Policy on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the overall project implementation.
The Governor said: “Ibaka Deep Seaport is an audacious attempt to re-write the maritime story of Akwa Ibom State. It holds the promise of an industrial revolution of our State. It holds the promise of the industrialization of Akwa Ibom. It holds the promise of the creation of over 100,000 jobs. It holds the promise of a self-sustaining commercial city with oil and gas support services. It holds the promise of our finally tapping into our awesome and largely untapped maritime potentials”.
Explaining further, the Governor said: “It shall provide economic and social shelter for millions of Akwa Ibom people. It is a project with multiple benefits to our state, our nation and our sub-region. It encapsulates the dream of this administration for the industrial rebirth of Akwa Ibom State. And the industrialisation of this State is an article of faith with my administration.