The Commissioner for Economic Development and Deep-sea Port, Akan Okon, released a statement saying that the first phase of the multi-billion dollars Akwa Ibom deep-sea port is expected to generate not less than 300,00 jobs.
In an interview with Vanguard, Okon acknowledged the FG for approving the contract of the deep-sea port which will be handled by Bollore and power China Consultants.
Okon added that the project will build a private-public partnership and would address unemployment problems in the state.
Okon said, “The port will be constructed in phases and the first phase will have 10 terminals. The procurement process for Ibom Deep-sea adopted an internationally and recognised process which has been adjudged as the best by ICRC and most of our bidders participated electronically via virtual data room.
“Our major problem in Nigeria is unemployment and government alone will not be able to do everything for us.
“I think it’s in the place of every concern Akwa Ibom people to help in training our young men and women in different fields so they can have the required skills that will give them the advantage to be employed because his Excellency, Udom Emmanuel believes that our young men and women should not beg for a living, instead should be given the opportunity to work in order to earn a living.
“Recently, the government set modalities for the people to be trained in various skills there are related to the maritime sector and also in the gas and oil industry.
“If you look at it critically, the major problem facing the county is unemployment. Ibom Deep-sea Port with Ibom industrial city would employ not fewer than 300000 personnel in its first phase.
“I like to thank His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel for his commitment, contribution towards the actualization of the long-expected IDSP.
“I want to thank and appreciate His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, the Minister of Transportation, the Director of ICRC, the Managing Director of NPA and other federal government agencies involved in Port operations.
“They have shown that Nigeria is a country that when an excellent project with immense benefits for the country is presented, approval will be given because the best interest of the country because the port will increase the revenues for both the federal and state governments.”