Ayade says Bakassi Seaport will boost quest to diversify economy
Cross River Governor Ben Ayade has said that the Bakassi Agro Deep Seaport would help Nigeria’s quest to diversify the economy.
Ayade, according to a statement by Mr. Eric Ojiekwe, Head, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Transportation, also lauded the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for its “aggressive support for the non-oil sectors of the economy”.
The statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that Ayade spoke in Abuja when he visited the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi.
According to him, Cross River State has entered into a partnership with investors willing and ready to make the project possible and easy within two to three years.
The governor commended Buhari and the transportation ministry for their foresight, and particularly for recognising that the project was beyond politics.
He thanked the President for approving the project in spite of the fact that Cross River was a PDP state.
Responding, Amaechi pledged government’s readiness to provide the needed support to the state, noting that the project would create jobs and other multiplier benefits.
The Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Mr. Chidi Izuwah, in a remark, said that the project was the first of its kind in Africa.
“ICRC has reviewed the outline and we are of the opinion that private sector investors can invest in the project and recover their money,” he said.