Former MD/CEO of Nigerdock Plc; Engr Nkpubre Okon Nkpubre, has challenged Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State to inform the folks the explanations the popular bidder in addition to different traders backed out of the Ibom Deep Seaport challenge.
Governor Emmanuel had not too long ago in a dwell radio broadcast mentioned the rationale the Ibom deep seaport has not taken off was as a result of the traders have pulled out following the petitions the folks of Oron wrote towards the state authorities.
He mentioned the individuals who wrote the petition felt disgruntled over the change in nomenclature from Ibaka to Ibom deep seaport in addition to the relocation of the challenge web site from Ibaka, Oron to Ibeno Native Authorities.
The governor mentioned Oron folks must be held accountable if the multi-billion Naira challenge doesn’t come to fruition because the traders had been scared away by the persistent petitions.
However Nkpubre, who can be Chairman, Òrò Nation Technical Committee on Ibom Deep Seaport, mentioned the governor was economical with the reality because the petition written by the folks was solely to precise the explanations the challenge shouldn’t be taken away from the preliminary proposed web site (Oron).
Explaining why the traders left, Nkpubre mentioned, “in regards to the avoidable controversy surrounding the Ibaka Deep Sea Port challenge, let me categorically say that no investor would wish to waste his hard-earned cash or borrowed funds to go and dig out a dry land equal to about 150 soccer (Soccer) fields to create a synthetic ocean for a Deep Sea Port in Ibeno LGA when a pure harbour with undredged draft of 11meters is shut by at Ibaka, solely 10km away.
“That’s the reason the Chinese language who first expressed curiosity within the Deep Sea Port withdrew. That’s the reason the French (Bollore) who emerged as most well-liked investor withheld funding. That’s presumably why the Federal Authorities withdrew each fairness and funding assure.
“Let the entire world know that Oron nation isn’t towards the change of the identify of the Sea Port from Ibaka Deep Sea Port to Ibom Deep Sea Port as falsely claimed by Governor Udom Emmanuel. What Oron nation is towards is the unjustified relocation of the Deep Sea Port primarily based on a clearly fraudulent standards and in addition the ill-advised concept of a Dugout Port.
“It isn’t additionally true that Oro nation drove away traders as claimed by the Governor. Oron Nation first wrote to the Governor to precise sturdy reservations in regards to the plan to relocate the Deep Sea Port from the technically most most well-liked location and the contemplation of a Dugout Port with its environmental implications.”
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