Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has stated that the deep seaport in Ibaka and the proposed $1.4 billion Fertilizer and Ammonia Plant in the state as capable of changing the economic status of the state.
Udom in an Easter message said the state is on the road to economic boom with the two projects and most recently the federal government approval of Oil and Gas Free Zone in the state, including the construction of the Sterling Petrochemical Plant at Eastern Obolo that is ongoing.
These projects, he said, will definitely change the economic fortunes of the state.
He called on the
people to support the projects irrespective of political affiliations.
In the Easter message, the governor said, “In recent past, we have been blessed with life-changing projects such as Sterling Petrochemical Plant in Eastern Obolo, where construction is in an advanced stage.
“Two months ago, the Federal Executive Council, (FEC) approved the license for us to commence the construction of our long desired Ibom Deep Seaport. Work would soon commence on this gigantic project. These are huge achievements for our State and our people.
“Ibom Deep Seaport will open up our economic fortunes; create employment and wealth opportunities for our people and throw open our State as a major maritime hub in our nation.
“We thank the President and the Commander in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for this kind approval.
“About three weeks
ago, we signed a $1.4 billion Fertilizer and Ammonia plant with our Moroccan
counterparts. The plant will again create huge employment and other supply
chain activities for our people, which will transform us from a civil service
oriented state to a fast industrialising one.
“These are huge achievements that should gladden the hearts of every Akwa Ibomite irrespective of political affiliations.”
“Let the fishermen in
the ocean fronts of Mbo, Okobo, Eastern Obolo and Ibeno love one another. Let
the farmers in the rice plantations at Ini, Ikono, Ika, Onna and Nsit Ibom love
“Let the civil servants and public servants, politicians in all political parties, members of all denominations, preachers of all faiths, love one another.
“When we let love drive our every action and every thought, when we let it drip from our lips and from our hands, then shall the joy of Easter be complete, and our State shall surely attain the lofty height set for it by our ancestors when they named it Akwa Abasi Ibom State.”