The dream of Ondo State, Nigeria, building a seaport towards boosting its economy is yielding fruits fast as the consortium for the proposed Port of Ondo has submitted the Outline of Business Case (OBC) which comprehensively states the implementation plan for the port.
The consortium is made up of a Spanish firm, Ocean Infrastructure Management, OIM and its Nigerian Partner, Franchise and Business Solutions Ltd, FBS.
According to information available to PortNews, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu while receiving the OBC in Akure, the state capital, said his administration would give everything into actualising the project speedily in view of its derivable benefits not only to the economy of the state and the country but to the entire West African subregion.
“Port of Ondo will be less than 45 minutes to Lagos by road and by water, it will be shorter. With the location, Ondo will becomes a nerve center. Citing the port here is one of the best thing that will happen to, not just Ondo, but Nigeria. We are not ready to waste any time. We are ready to give all the support. We are serious about this port. We are very serious about it
“Look at the draft, it’s not found in any other place in Nigeria. We keep dredging when we have a natural dredge in Ondo State. I’m told that mother ship can berth in port Ondo. Let us look at the report. Let’s focus on the viability of the port Ondo,” said Akeredolu.
The representative of the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) Mrs. Elizabeth Awuletey, according to the information, described the project as the dawn of a new era in the state.
The OBC was presented in the presence of officials of Nigerian Port Authority and coordinated by the Consultant to Ondo State Government on the project, Amiable Consultancy and Logistics Services Ltd.