Hope to revive Akwa Ibom Fishing Terminals rises

A number of abandoned fishing terminals located in Akwa Ibom State may bounce back soon, if the Federal Government’s promise to revamp them works as planned.
The planned development was disclosed by a Senior Special Assistant to Mr. President on Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Ita Enang, after he toured some of the facilities at Akai Ebughu and Ibaka terminals both in Mbo Local Government Area of the state.

Enang, however, said that the government would require about N100 billion to achieve the goal of revamping the fishing terminals, with a design that the project would drive job provision from the non-oil sector of the economy.

He promised that some remedial work would begin at the terminals to revive business activities pending when the complete project would take off.

His words: “Part of our effort is to make sure that the economic potential of Nigeria in the sea, including agriculture, fishing, port activities and all things that can engage citizens of this country as well as generating revenue for the economy are activated.

“We are assessing the state of these multipurpose terminals which were initially conceived, planned and constructed primarily as fishing terminals but it is for all kinds of vessels and all economic activities.

“These terminals, when activated, can take care of the economic challenges of this country, which include fishing and all kinds of import, which would create employment.”

According to Enang, the project assessment was to enable interested investors appreciate the potential of the facilities, to deepen their interest into action.

 “The essence of this visit is to let investors see the potential here; some of the investors that can be interested in investing in this terminal are those who are building trawlers, ships and other sea going vessels.

“We have to show them the facilities which they could use in ship building.

 “Others could be interested in operating in this port for the purpose of going into the Atlantic Ocean to fish all kinds of marine life that are of export quality and can be used here,” he said.

Enang said that the Federal Government was determined to boost security at the high sea and coastal areas to curtail the activities of sea pirates at Ibaka seaports.

He said that government was also working out modalities for alleviating the plight of the people in the coastal area.

Representative of the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-agege, who was in the entourage, Mr. Azuka Agbihi, pledged the commitment of the National Assembly to ensure the actualisation of the project.

Speaking on behalf of the people, the President of Oro Union, Mr. Etim Atteh, commended President Muhamadu Buhari for sending the team to assess the abandoned terminal.

Atteh expressed hope that the federal government revamped the fishing terminals soon, in order to revive the businesses in the fishing and related areas for economic growth.