By Godfrey Bivbere & Prividence Obuh
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Dr. Godswill Akpabio, has stressed the potentials and ability of the maritime sector to drive the country’s economy and transform Nigeria into an industrialised nation.
Speaking during the passing out ceremony of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, Oron, Akwa Ibom State, Akabio, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Nsima Ekere, pointed out that countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, United States of America, among other developed maritime countries have used their natural waterways to wage war against poverty, hunger and diseases.
He said: “If you take away the seaports from these countries, they may not be the powers they have become. Therefore, the maritime industry is a veritable engine for driving the modern economy, and maritime trade accounts for a substantial part of our Gross Domestic Product.”
He added that in realisation of the economic power of the maritime industry and the wealth of the Gulf of Guinea, the state government had decided to establish the Ibom Industrial City.
The industrial city on completion, he said, will create over 100,000 jobs and auxiliary employments.
“Manpower needed for these jobs is expected to come from MAN. In this rergard, the state government is prepared to support MAN in its infrastructural development efforts to ensure the realisation of this vision,” he said.