IBOM DEEP SEAPORT: AKAN OKON ASSURES TIMELY COMPLETION, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The Ministry of Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport has assured Akwa Ibomites of the timely completion of the Ibom Deep Seaport which stands to create employment opportunities for the people, Nigerians and the world at large by extension.
The Commissioner manning the Ministry in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Akan Okon stated this during an end of the year Press briefing at his residence in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Mr Akan Okon said that aside from creating employment opportunities, the project will further generate revenue for the state and the country.
“The project embarked upon by the state government and captured in 2020 budget is not just a state government project. It is not even limited to Africa as the whole world stand benefit from it too. Gov. Udom Emmanuel is committed to ensuring the completion of the Seaport; this is why we have to join hands with him to ensure that the project is realized”.
He urged everyone irrespective of political party affiliation to rise in support of, and also ensure that the project is realized as development does not know nor discriminate any political party.
On internally generated revenue, the Honourable Commissioner revealed that “there is a sharing formular already put in place to enable the splitting of the generated revenue as due between the Federal and State governments while the Seaport will be administered as a Public Private Partnership”.
In terms of complimentary projects for Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Okon said a counterpart funding has been made available by the Governor which has made it possible for some local government areas access funds.
Some local Governments have begun to use these funds in developing their localities especially provision of pressing infrastructures for the masses.
“The Deep Seaport is not just an industry like any other. This is one industry that is going to create an enablement for the community where it is located to become an industrial hub leading to the birthing of other industries.
“The state government is focused on making sure that everything that enables businesses functionality is provided for at the location of the Seaport.
“Therefore, aside from making sure that projects meet up deadline, we must also make sure that these projects are sustained beyond one administration”, Akan Okon reiterated.