The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has said that the Ibom Deep Seaport project will serve the South-South, South-East, Middle Belt and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja while also servicing the Gulf of Guinea.
The governor spoke in Uyo while addressing the technical committee on Ibom Industrial City and Deep Seaport, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigerian Ports Authority, consultants and other stakeholders after the pre-bid conference with three firms that are pushing for the development of the project.
The consortium of Bollore and Power China; China Road Breach Corporation, and China Harbour Engineering Company of Nigeria are the firms bidding for the project.
Emmanuel said it was not helpful for a country of over 170 million people to depend on only one seaport.
He said, “People try to compare our port with others, but this is a natural draught, you do not need to worry about dredging or any other thing,” he added.
The governor said the port would be digital, with at least four exits to ease traffic congestion within and outside the facility, adding that latest technology would be deployed to make sure that goods are cleared at a very fast pace to enable investors to realise the timely return on their investment.
He also thanked the Federal Government for the support in respect of the project.
The Director of Transportation, Onwode Emmnauel, said the committee would leave no stone unturned not to default on the time given it to complete its work.