The Ibom Deep Seaport project has reached a very critical stage leading up to actual construction, the Akwa Ibom State government has said. The commissioner for Housing and Special Duties, Mr Akan Okon, who gave the indication while addressing newsmen in Uyo said that design on the Deep Seaport project, has reached 75 percent and that the project is expected to be ready soon. He said that the current administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel is working consciously to ensure the seaport comes to fruition during its lifespan especially in view of the immense economic benefits to the people of the state and the country in general.
The Ibom Deep Seaport Development Project, he maintained, was a very technical project which was different from other projects and therefore had to follow due process to ensure an excellent port that will be appreciated by all. Furthermore, he stressed that the port was not just an Akwa Ibom project but a national and African project which will earn revenue for the federal government, employ Nigerians and provide huge economic benefits for other neighbouring African countries due to its proximity.
He said the project had reached advanced stage as over 100 investors have expressed serious interest in the project. Okon said: “This project is not only for the Akwa Ibom State government but also a project between the federal government and state. “As you know, anywhere in the world where you have ports, it’s capable of changing the narrative of such country.