Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has reaffirmed his desire to build a deep sea port in the state, urging the federal government to sign off the approval to allow the state government commence constructions.
Emmanuel added that the project would create job opportunities for a minimum of 5,000 youths during and after the construction. Gov. Udom believes the sea port will decongest gridlock at Apapa port in Lagos and ultimately help the economy of the country.
“We have a natural draught of 7.3 metres. All we need is approval. We already have investors who are ready,”
“If federal government can help us with the approval, we can go a long way,” Gov. Udom said.
The governor made his intentions known during the launch of a biography in honour of the former governor of Central Bank and one-time governor of old Cross River State, late Clement Isong, whose face is also pictured on the N1,000 note (Nigerian currency).
Gov. Udom went ahead to donate N10 million for the purchase of 1,000 copies of the biography and ordered for all copies to be shelved in libraries across Akwa Ibom.
During the course of the event, Udom explained the importance of industrialization, how it is a key factor in getting majority of our youths out of unemployment, thus reducing the frustrations of millions of jobless young people in the country.
“Akwa Ibom aims to become a hub of services where people can connect to the economy of the rest of the subregion."
“The major gateways to industrialize any place on earth is what God has created naturally—air, water, road.”
“Except you fix those three, you are not creating access. Today, Dubai is what it is because Emirates flies to over 100 destinations. Even if you are not going there, you must enter Dubai,” Udom stated.