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Nigeria: Akwa Ibom Deep Seaport Project to Generate 300,000 Jobs – Okon

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Nigeria: Akwa Ibom Deep Seaport Project to Generate 300,000 Jobs - Okon

The first phase of the multi-billion dollars Akwa Ibom Deep Seaport is expected to generate no fewer than 300,000 jobs, Commissioner for Economic Development and Deep-sea Port, Akan Okon has said.

The commissioner who spoke with Vanguard, commended the federal government for approving the business case thereby giving the nod for the commencement of the mouth watering project, with Bollore and Power China Consultants as preferred bidders.

Besides, Okon put the total cost of the project at $4.6 billion while the first phase which would gulp $2.016 billion has been approved by the federal government.

He stated that the project which would be built on private public partnership would not only address the unemployment problem in the state, but would rake huge revenues into the coffers of the federal and state government.

He expressed the desire of the government that the youths were properly trained and engaged so as to take advantage of the emerging opportunities in the new port.

He said, “The port will be constructed in phases and the first phase will have 10 terminals. The procurement process for Ibom Deep-sea adopted an internationally and recognised process which has been adjudged as the best by ICRC and most of our bidders participated electronically via virtual data room.

“Our major problem in Nigeria is unemployment and government alone will not be able to do everything for us.

“I think it’s in the place of every concern Akwa Ibom people to help in training our young men and women in different fields so that they can have the required skills that will give them the advantage to be employed because His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel believes that our young men and women should not beg for a living, instead should be given opportunity to work in order to earn a living.