Construction Work On Bakassi Deep Sea Port Will Soon Commence – Ayade Speaks From China

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By CrossRiverWatch Admin

Governor Ayade in China with Chinese investors in the Bakassi deep seaport

The actual commencement of construction work on the Bakassi deep seaport, received a further boost, last week, with the conclusion of arrangements in China by the Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade with some Chinese investors.

Ayade, who flew into China with some of his key commissioners and advisers a few hours after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock on Tuesday on the project, met with investors in Changsha and Hanan in Hunan Province.

Following the outcome of the meetings, Ayade said construction work on the seaport, which will be the deepest in the country, will soon commence.

The proposed seaport with a draft of over 16ft, enjoys the support of President Buhari, who during the flag-off of the 260km superhighway, the evacuation corridor for the seaport, promised to help with its actualization.

Recently the Federal Government gave approval to the Cross River State Government to procure a transaction advisor for the project.

This was after the Federal Ministry of Transport had set up an advisory and implementation committee for the project.

It would be recalled that Governor Ayade recently visited the President to discuss among other things, the proposed Bakassi deep seaport project and the 260 kilometer superhighway estimated to cost about N700 billion.

The deep seaport will boost the export of produce such as rice and banana as well as solid minerals.

The governor was also quoted to have said the deep seaport would not compete with existing Calabar port, but would complement it because the Bakassi port would be a 16 meters draft and will accommodate mother vessels especially from the Far East.

SA Technical Eric Akpo, Commissioner for Finance, Asuquo Ekpenyong, Governor Ayade and DG Investment Promotion with Chinese investors

Photo caption: Cross River State governor, Professor Ben Ayade flanked by (from left) Wang Zeal Huan, Senior Economist, International Banking Dept, Huan Regional Headquarters, Liu Yabin, International Banking Manager, Zhao yi, Senior manager, Export and Equipment Division after a meeting with Sino Sure in Changsha, China at the weekend.

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One commentOn Construction Work On Bakassi Deep Sea Port Will Soon Commence – Ayade Speaks From China

  • Why is the Federal Government meddling in the governing of a state such as Cross River? Why do we have a Governor? Is the Federal Government the state “Governor”?

    Why must the federal government give approval to the “Cross River State Government to procure a transaction advisor for the project”? Approval to “procure a transaction advisor …”? Are you kidding me? We are not even talking of finance for the project, you all! This is why we, as a State and a Country, will be lagging behind in progress. A state’s plan to progress is being suppressed by the myopic and lack of visions of the Federal Government at every step.

    It is time we tell the Federal Government to Let the States Go just as according to the Holy Bible, our Lord said to Moses to go and tell Pharaoh to “Let My People go..”. The States are grown up kids! Stop babysitting them if you want them to experience growth.

    I strongly believe that the States will be better developed if the Federal Government will give them the opportunity with minimal interference.

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