Port Harcourt — Akwa Ibom State governor, Udoma Emmanuel, has said that Ibom deep seaport, when completed, will open up the state’s economic fortunes, create employment and wealth opportunities for the people.
Governor Udom also said that the deep seaport will throw open the state as a major maritime hub in the country.
The governor, speaking on his achievements in his industrialisation agenda for the state, said construction was already at advanced stage at the Sterling Petrochemicals Plant, located in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of the state.
He disclosed that the state has also been blessed by God, to have signed a $1.4 billion fertiliser and ammonia plant with its Morrocan partners, which modalities were being out in place for the setting up of the plant.
“In the recent past, we have been blessed with life-changing projects such as Sterling Petrochemical Plant in Eastern Obolo, where construction is in an advanced stage.
“A little over two months ago, the Federal Executive Council, approved the license for us to commence the construction of our long desired Ibom Deep Seaport. Work would soon commence on this gigantic project. These are huge achievements for our State and our people.
“Ibom Deep Seaport will open up our economic fortunes; create employment and wealth opportunities for our people and throw open our State as a major maritime hub in our Nation.
“We thank the President and the Commander in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for this kind approval.
“About three weeks ago, we were also blessed by the Invisible Hands of God to have signed a 1.4 billion dollar Fertiliser and Ammonia plant with our Moroccan counterparts.
“The plant will again create huge employment and other supply chain activities for our people, which will transform us from a civil service oriented State to a fast industrializing one. These are huge achievements that should gladden the hearts of every Akwaibomite irrespective of political affiliations.”
The governor further said the state does not have intentions to lockdown the state again over COVID-19 pandemic, however, residents and visitors to the state must follow effective protocols of wearing face masks, social distancing, constant hand washing etc.