Akwa-Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel on Wednesday assured that the Ibom Deep Seaport project would be completed before the end of his administration to enhance the state’s economy.
The governor gave the assurance in his state-wide broadcast to mark the 33rd anniversary of the state, in Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom state capital.
Emmanuel said the government was working hard to ensure cooperation with all the regulatory agencies in fulfillment of this desire.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the grant of license for the Liberty Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone, spanning five local government areas in the state.
The governor also promised to expand the Ibom Air operations to cover other African countries’ and said plans were in place to expand the operations of the airline to cover the West and East African sub-region.
“In aviation development, we have achieved huge strides. Last year, Ibom Air commenced its commercial flight operations with two aircraft, but today we have added three almost brand new aircraft, bringing the total fleet to five.
“Ibom Air has become a national sensation and a testimony to a vision grounded in strategic planning. Just last week, we expanded our route to cover Enugu.
“Plans are afoot to expand our routes to cover our West and East African sub-regions, such as Doula in Cameroons.
“Ibom Air has proved the cynics wrong and it is an achievement every Akwa Ibom indigene should be proud of,” Emmanuel said.
The governor said the people of Akwa Ibom should be certain of getting improved infrastructural development to enhance their standard of living.
He said the state government had built over 100 classroom blocks in the education sector to improve the standard of teaching and learning in public schools.
And ahead of the 2023 election in the state, the governor cautioned against heating up the polity with “unnecessary and unhelpful agitations” for succession plans.
“Let me use this opportunity to caution all those who may be showing devious political ambitions to refrain from some of the antics which we are already aware of.
“Akwa Ibom people will be monitoring you to see if you are executing the task for which you were selected out of the seven million people or you are busy using government’s time to indulge in a project which time has not yet come,” he said.