By Godwin Oritse
Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Mr. Suleiman Omar, has said Ibaka Deep Seaport would start receiving ocean liners in 2015, just as Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State has issued NPA a Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, for the over 5580Sq metres of land area for the new port.
Akpabio assured that all infrastructures needed to fast-track the early completion of the port will be provided.
They both spoke at a brief event to mark the official hand over of the C of O in Abuja, Monday.
Akpabio also pledged to award contract for the dualisation of the port main access road to link the East-West road.
He said: “Whatever support may be required to ensure that a big ocean-going liner comes to the port by 2015 will be provided by the state government.”
Earlier, Suleiman ex-pressed delight at the gesture, noting that the move to establish the deep seaport is a major step in the nation’s quest of becoming the hub of maritime operation in the West and Central African sub-region.