A maritime expert, Dr Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu has said that the Ibaka Deep Seaport was capable of boosting the Akwa Ibom proposed maritime and industrial city. Jideofo-Ogbuagu, who is the President of Maritime Professionals Association, made the assertion in Uyo on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said that the Ibaka Deep Seaport was a natural deep water port that could be developed into a maritime and industrial city.
“We will like to see that the port is fully developed and become the nucleus of maritime services and to rival Port Harcourt in maritime and industrial importance. But Akwa Ibom government alone does not have enough potential to develop an industrial and maritime city.
“We want an enabling environment for investors; we would be delighted to play a role in the design and marketing of A/Ibom maritime city,”” Jideofo-Ogbuagu said. He commended the state Governor, Chief Godswill Akapbio for developing the port.
He advised that all forms of taxes and security hurdles should be removed to attract maritime investors to the port. Jideofo-Ogbuagu, who claimed that he took part in the design of the maritime city of Dubai, said that the A/Ibom Maritime City was capable of hosting scores of industries. The state government performed the groundbreaking ceremony of Ibom Maritime City last year. The aim is to turn the state into a hub of maritime activities in the Gulf of Guinea.
The city is expected to host a deep seaport, oil and gas activities with refineries, petrochemical and fertilizer plants. The city will also handle manufacturing, packaging, bulk-breaking and small equipment factories. Other components of the city include regional marketing and industrial estates stretching from Mbo to Esit-Eket and Ibeno local government areas.