Friday, 28 February 2020


Akwa lbom State Government has sued for cooperation from communities in Ibeno Local Government Area, for the success of Ibom Deep Seaport project.

The State Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Sea, Mr Akan Okon, at a courtesy visit to the Paramount Ruler of Ibeno Local Government Area, over the weekend, said given the huge economic potentials of the port, it was needful for Ibeno people to support Governor Udom Emmanuel's dreams of building the port and making it functional.

While thanking the Royal Father for the warm welcome accorded him and his team, Mr Akan Okon said the visit was part of consultations and community engagements for the commence of construction works at the Port.

The Commissioner who sued for peace which he said was needed for development, cautioned the youths and other members of the community from actions that may thwart the huge investment of government in the Ibom Deep Seaport project.

He assured the Paramount Ruler and the royal fathers that the State Governor will look into their various requests, but however advised them to get the necessary qualifications that will enable them work at the Ibom Deep Seaport, when fully operational.
On her part, Chairman of the State Technical Committee for the Realisation of Ibom Deep Seaport, Mrs Mfon Usoro, dispersed rumours that the Federal Government had pulled out from the Ibom Deep Seaport Project.
She pointed out that the current administration has put in so much into the project and appealed for cooperation from Ibeno people to enable the project see the light of the day.

Earlier in his speech, the Paramount Ruler of Ibeno Local Government Area, Edidem (Dr.) Effiong Achiang, while thanking the state government for its determination to completing the project, made a case for the employment of Ibeno indigenes when the Deep Seaport is fully functional.

The monarch also called for a proper Environmental Impact Assessment to be conducted before the formal takeoff of the project, saying "we need to know the advantages and disadvantages of this project before commencement of work."

He insisted for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the host community, state government and investors, to ensure that the community's interest is protected.
Edidem Achiang praised Mr Akan Okon for dutifully interpreting Governor Udom Emmanuel's industrialisation agenda for the state and assured government of their cooperation that will aid full completion of the project.

Highpoints of the visit include a presentation by the Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Realisation of the Ibom Deep Seaport, Mrs Mfon Usoro and an interactive session with the youths, elders and women of the area.
Present at event were members of Ibeno Traditional Rulers Council and their spouses, elders, women, and clergy and youths of Ibeno extraction.

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