Ibom deep seaport will improve efficiency, generate employment

The Ibom deep seaport has been described as a project that will be of immense value to Nigeria, in terms of employment generation, increase in port capacity, and also improve efficiency in shipping business.

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Economic Development, Akan Okon, who made this known while speaking with The Guardian in Uyo, said the state is banking on the huge economic potential of the deep seaport in job creation and decongesting existing port facilities.

He added that the port, estimated to cost about $4.6 billion, will be built in phases, and would be of benefit to the entire country, while easing the clearance of goods.

He explained that the deep seaport, which is designed for very large vessels that can load over 13,000 containers in one voyage, will also serve as a trans-shipment port as smaller vessels will be used to lighter cargoes from the mega vessels to seaports, and river ports closer to the consignee’s within and outside Nigeria.

Okon revealed that the project is at the final stage of approval, adding that the Full Business Case (FBC) for the project has been submitted to the Federal Ministry of Transport, for presentation to the Federal Executive Council.

He said the project has gone through the entire procurement process, and chosen a preferred bidder, to which all federal agencies involved in port development had given their support towards its realization.

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