The Ibom Deep Sea port project has reached a very critical stage leading up to actual construction.
The Honourable Commissioner for Housing and Special Duties, Mr. Akan Okon gave the indication while addressing newsmen on arrival at the Ibom International Airport. He was in Abuja to participate in the Ministerial project development steering committee meeting held to approve the procurement procedure for the Ibom deep sea port.
The Housing Boss stated that the high powered meeting signaled a very critical stage in the project and had in attendance the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure Regulatory Concession Agency, the Nigerian Port Authority and the transaction advisers.
The Commissioner noted that with the approval given, EOI and the IFQ for the project will be issued.
The Ibom Deep Sea port development project he maintained was a very technical project which was quite different from other projects and therefore had to follow due process to ensure an excellent port that will be appreciated by all.
Furthermore, he stressed that the port was not just an Akwa Ibom project but a national and African project which will earn revenue for the federal government, employ Nigerians and provide huge economic benefits for other neighbouring African countries due to proximity when it comes on stream.
When quizzed on when the project will be officially kick started having been in the pipeline for many years the Housing Boss reiterated that 75% of the work had been done pending actual take off of the project.
“Go and find out when any project reaches the procurement stage,you can be sure that 70-75% of the work has been done. A lot of paper work is involved for the actual construction”, he said