On his return from an official assignment from outside the State, Mr. Akan Okon the Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties, Akwa Ibom State addressed newsmen shortly after his arrival at the Ibom International Airport, Uyo.
Mr. Okon said that the in other to get the best result, standards and procedures have to be followed, stating that the request for qualification of bid for interested developers of the port was earlier published in the media on January 8, 2018 and the response and show of interest has been very encouraging and enormous.
The submission of the bid was since closed at midnight of the 16th March, 2018 and this will be followed by evaluation committee made up of members of the ministerial project development committee.
When asked about the expectations of the people who want to see something tangible done on the site, he said “the seaport project is not like someone who is building a bungalow, there are lots of processes we have to follow international best standard and due process. We want to make sure we have the right calibre of people to handle it. Let’s not forget the Ibom seaport is not just about Akwa Ibom, but an African project”.
“Once it is functional, this project will touch the lives of Akwa Ibomites, creating a lot of jobs and opportunities for the people. I thank governor Udom Emmanuel for driving this, remember on assumption of office, he set up a committee to look into this project, made up of seasoned professionals and also the Chairperson of the Committee, Mrs. Mfon Usoro who has brought her wealth of experience in this sector, contacts to the table. Also I thank other members of the committee for their effort and for this we have made significant progress towards the realisation of the Seaport”, he added.