The Gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Nsima Ekere, has promised to do everything possible to make Ibaka Deep Seaport in Mbo Local Government Area a reality if elected Governor on March 2, 2019.
Speaking during the APC campaign rally in Mbo, the host community of the proposed seaport on Monday, Ekere lamented that the seaport has been on newspapers and books for too long.
His words: “We will do everything possible, as long as God lives, to remove all the impediments to make that project work. Ibaka Deep Seaport will no longer be on newspapers and books. It will become a reality.”
Ekere hinted that he planned to turn Mbo into an industrial hub by building an industrial city around the seaport.
He promised to liaise with the Federal Government to fast track the resuscitation of the Ebughu Fishing Terminal and the upgrade of the Forward Operations Base at Ibaka to a full-fledged naval base.
The APC standard bearer also promised to provide Mbo, largely a fishing local government area, with a fishing processing industry.
He noted with satisfaction that as Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), he was able to complete the construction of the Uko Akpan – Unyenge Road and the first phase of internal roads in Enwang, the local government headquarters, while work was ongoing on the second phase of the internal roads.
He announced that he was coming with an agenda to bring prosperity and create employment opportunities for the people of Akwa Ibom State.