Abia sea port project set to take off – Core investors
Core investors in the proposed Obeaku Deep Sea Port in Abia State said on Tuesday that they’ve completed all the necessary documentations signaling readiness to commence work at the site.
It said that all forms of documentations with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Federal Ministries of Transportation as well as that of Petroleum have been completed.
Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Zoros Energy Ltd – core investors in the project, Eze Ikenna Nwaigwe gave the indication when he led other members of his team to the Deep Seaport site on an inspection tour.
He expressed appreciation to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for the great commitment of his administration towards realising the project.
The Sea port located on a 2,000 hectares of land near the Imo River, Obeaku in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State, has about 23 nautical miles to the Atlantic Ocean.
Its closeness to the Atlantic Ocean, according to the investor, will make the shipping business easier for Abians.
The investor said that the project would commence with the reclamation of the area and dredging of about 30 meters deep from Obeaku to Ikot – Abasi Port in Rivers State.
“There will also be an establishment of a Mega City Project comprising of 10,000 housing units in its first phase, refineries, free trade zone, industrial layout, gas plant for steady power supply, shopping malls, hospital and police station all of which the team of Marine Engineers alongside other experts are working out”, he added.
The project facilitator, Elder Godwin Nnah expressed satisfaction over the level of support and interest Governor Ikpeazu administration had committed to the project.
He also commended the traditional ruler of Obeaku, Eze Ikeagwuchi Ekeke for his cooperation, noting that “the security condition of Abia and its industrial status are part of the comparative advantages foreigners look out for and which have been attracting them to the state.”
He said that Abians would enjoy better employment opportunities and better standard of living when the project came on stream.
Ekeke thanked the donor community for their cooperation and urged the locals to sustain their support.