THE Federal Government has concluded arrangements to commence the dredging of the Calabar Channel to enable bigger ships berth at the Calabar Port Complex.
Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, who disclosed this to Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State during a courtesy call in Calabar, said the procurement exercise for the commencement of the project has been concluded.
Umar also disclosed that efforts were in top gear to start work on the Calabar-North-East rail line which will boost transportation on that flank of the country, adding that the Ministry is fully prepared to partner with the state to achieve these goals as part of the transformation agenda of the Federal Government.
The Minister, who was accompanied by the top echelon of the Ministry as a prelude to a retreat scheduled to hold in Calabar, said the retreat would afford the Ministry the opportunity to take stock of its activities and reposition it to achieve the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan as they intend to deliberate on issues that will contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
He remarked that he was impressed with the level of developmental activities in the state having known the antecedent of Governor Imoke as Chairman Technical Board on NEPA and as Minister of Power and Steel.
Responding, Governor Imoke noted that the dredging of the Calabar Channel is critical to the development of the key sectors of the state’s economy.