|L-R: DG ICRC, Chidi Izuwa, the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi,
and Gov. Ben Ayade at the handing over of the OBC for Cross River Deep Seaport project
State Government, which is part of documents required for the
construction of its deep seaport .
Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the Cross River Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, said
that issuance of the certificate to the state meant moving quickly with the
deep seaport project plan, acknowledging the fast pace of response and action by the Infrastructure
Concession and Regulatory Commission(ICRC).
that there is a full densification commitment of the Federal Government through
the Federal Ministry of Transportation to say yes we have come to recognise and
accept that Cross River State Government should go ahead with the Full Business
Case, FBC, towards the construction of a deep seaport.
agro-industrial, not exclusively, but to show that the core target is to do an
agro-industrial transformation of Nigeria. It will be the major leading port in
that respect but will have other industrial parks,” Ayade said.
the last six months when the state got the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
approval, which gave the project a legal right for access to the ocean.
them to begin direct dealings with the concessionaires to arrive at more
specifics of location, date and work commencement, as they wait for the FBC.
said: “What they have got right now is the OBC. We will take the next move to
verify all the necessary instruments that we need and then proceed back to the
Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission for the FBC before we go to
cabinet for approval.
it up so as to enable those states who want to invest in seaports and others to
go ahead and do so.”
River state for the deep seaport project, Amaechi said: “We will get to that. We
will sit down with the Cross River State Government and their major partners
and see how much NPA would want to invest.”