ByÂ Udo Ibuot
UYOâ€”AKWA IBOM State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has expressed the readiness of the state government to provide more social amenities to facilitate the speedy take-off of a naval base in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.
Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ishaya I. IbrahimÂ had, on Monday, at the official opening of a five-day Chief of the Naval Staff Annual Conference (CONSAC), in Uyo, Akwa Ibom capital, announced plans by the Navy to establish a naval base at Ikot Abasi.
Akpabio, who made this known when the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibrahim paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo said already, the government has provided good road network and completed Independent Power Plant and the study of maritime-based course in the Akwa Ibom State University opening soon, among others, to aid the naval base, Ikot Abasi.
He said: â€œWe would create an enabling environment for the establishment of a naval base at Ikot Abasi. The area has one of the best sea waters, which does not need dredging for the establishment of a deep seaport to promote trading activities in Nigeria and in the Gulf of Guinea.â€
The governor who appealed to the chief of naval staff to commence the construction of the naval base to ensure its commissioning during the tenure of his administration, commended the Nigerian Navy for choosing Akwa Ibom among other competing states as a preferred choice for this yearâ€™s CONSAC.
He noted that events in the Niger Delta region has proved that the Navy made the right choice because of tumults in some areas, stressing: â€œOur people are peaceable and hospitable. The state is safe for visitors and the event you are holdingâ€.
Earlier, Vice Admiral Ibrahim had extolled the love, hospitality and ambience in the state and thanked the governor for the serious attention given to the conference which was a proof that Navy made a right choice.
Ibrahim congratulated the governor on the infrastructural development in the state, and urged him to continue developmental pace, saying that it was Godâ€™s will for him to lead the Akwa Ibom people.