After initial technical and administrative hitches, Akwa Ibom government has initiated moves to commence construction work at the proposed Ibaka Seaport in Mbo local government area of the state.
The project which is expected to unlock the maritime potentials of the state and whose construction was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan had of recent been faced with political and bureaucracy hitches following the victory of the All Progressive Congress in the last Presidential elections.
But in a move to demonstrate its commitment on the realisation of the project, Governor Udom Emmanuel last weekend flagged off the construction of dual Carriage road project to link the area with Uyo, the state capital and the East West road.
At the ceremony at Okobo, Emmanuel said that his administration decided to open up the area as a way of gearing up for the expected boom in economic activities as the Ibom Deep Seaport will soon be operational.
The Governor explained that the project was also to drive home his campaign promise of opening the hinterland for even development further stated that it would link Uyo, Okobo, Oron and empty into the East West road and remained strategic as it would link the state capital with coastal communities of the state.
Emmanuel added that he was on a discussion with an Holland base firm for the development of Oron beach and ordered for the restoration of electricity to the community which had been thrown into darkness in the last five years.
He thanked the people for embracing the project and expressed confidence on it timely completion counting on the vigilance of youths in the area whom he commended for having successfully curbed the theft of Power Holding electrical equipment in recent time.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Works Mr. Ephraim Inyang said that the construction of the road which would span 31.4 kilometers would be executed by a multinational firm Renaissance Construction Company .
Inyang explained that the road would incorporate three Bridges and lightings would be executed in two phases and will be completed in thirty six months.
The Transition Committee chairman Mr. Okon Okon commended the Governor’s initiative and pledged the cooperation of the people to enhance the success of the road construction.
This move displaces the misconceptions in some quarters that the seaport project was turning out to be another white elephant project after the state government had spent millions of dollars on consultancy for it.
This is even after it recently appointed an implementation committee headed by a former MD of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.


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