The State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has been applauded for his efforts in ensuring the realization of the Ibom Deep Seaport project.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr. Akan Okon gave the applause when he hosted the Executives of Association of Maritime and Offshore Workers, AMOW in his office.
The Commissioner said the project on completion will not only create numerous job opportunities for the teeming youths but will also boost the State’s internally generated revenue.
He maintained that, on assumption of office in 2015, the Governor set up a technical committee for the realisation of Ibom Deep Seaport, a committee made up of seasoned professionals from the maritime industry headed by a former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ( NIMASA), Mrs. Mfon Usoro.
As a proposed Transshipping Port, the Commissioner hinted that the Ibom Deep Seaport has vast value chain were the positive effects will not only be felt in Akwa Ibom State but in the entire Country.
He maintained that Ibom Industrial City will also be setup to compliment the activities of the Port.
The Commissioner asserted that the seaport project is in the final stage of documentation saying, the actual construction will commence soon by one of the world Class leading maritime construction companies, Bolare Power China.
As professionals in the Maritime sector, Mr. Okon appreciated AMOW for the visit and their contributions towards the smooth running of Governor Udom Emmanuel administration.
He charged them to propagate the good works of this present government, especially the Ibom Deep Seaport which he noted will change the narrative of the state in terms of the wellbeing and living standard of the people.
In his remark. the Lead Director of Association of Maritime and Offshore Workers (AMOW) .Engr. Samuel Ekwere, thanked Governor Emmanuel for his visionary leadership which has been seen in the uplift of many households through the various life touching policies and programmes in addition to the establishment of many industries in the state.
On behalf of AMOW, Engineer Ekwere, pledged to support and propagate the success story of the Ibom Deep Seaport.
He added that the group will explore all avenue to ensure they educate the masses on the economic important of the port.