Port Harcourt — Akwa Ibom State government has approved the setting up of a joint committee to interface with the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, Committee for implementation of the Ibom Deep seaport project.
The State Executive Council approved the setting up of the committee to ensure a smooth take-off of the project, following the report presented to the Council by the Chairman, Technical Committee on Ibom Deep Seaport Actualisation and Development, Mrs. Mfon Usoro.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, while briefing newsmen, said all steps towards the actualization of the deep seaport project was on track.
“The Joint Project Committee by the NPA is to serve as a one-stop-shop for all matters concerning the seaport between the Federal and State governments, while the State-instituted Committee will interface with local stakeholders to ensure smooth take-off of the seaport project.
“The report on the Ibom Deep Seaport implementation presented by the Chairman of the Technical Committee had informed the Council that NPA had set up a Joint Project Committee, for the Deep Seaport and also said that every step to be taken on that project was on track.
“To further push the project, Council has set up a committee to interface with local stakeholders for a smooth takeoff of that project.”
Speaking further on resolutions reached at the meeting, the Commissioner disclosed that for better alignment of job functions, the Governor has directed that the Directorate of Solid Minerals be moved from the Ministry of Transports to the Ministry of Environment.