The Ibom deep seaport located in Ibaka, Mbo local council of Akwa Ibom State would save Nigeria approximately $70 million that would be lost to illegal fishing by the Chinese and European trawlers in Nigeria’s territorial waters.
This was revealed by the Akwa Ibom State Director of National Orientation Agency, (NOA), Mr. Enoh Uyoh while addressing a Maritime Business/International Trade Sensitization Forum in Uyo.
Citing the critical role of the maritime industry in Nigeria’s economic growth, Mr. Uyo explained that the location of the Ibom Deep Seaport is critical to national security.
Barr (Mrs.) Usoro, the immediate-past Secretary General of the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region stressed that all evidence confirmed that the Federal Government located the deep seaport in Ibom based on the fact that approval for location and construction of deep seaports is constitutionally the exclusive preserve of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
She recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the OBC and Commencement of Procurement Phase of Ibom deep seaport in May 2015. This was based on the presentation of the Outline Business Case to FEC by the then Minister of Transportation upon recommendation by the Ministerial Project Development Steering Committee (MPDSC).
The MPDSC, she added, is chaired by the Ministry of Transportation and comprises several relevant Federal Government agencies including the project proponent, Akwa Ibom State.
Only last month, the Ministry of Transportation threw out a petition from Oron Union dated February 2021, and submitted by a law firm acting on its behalf.
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