Interrogating Udom’s deep seaport and industrial city dreams

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FOLLOWING his re-election for a second term in March, the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, unveiled what he called a ‘Completion Agenda’.

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Governor Emmanuel Udom, of Akwa Ibom state
Interrogating Udom’s deep seaport and industrial city dreams
ON NOVEMBER 13, 20196:38 AMIN VIEWPOINTBY NWAFOR
By Philip Usoro
FOLLOWING his re-election for a second term in March, the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, unveiled what he called a ‘Completion Agenda’.

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According to him, his major target is to sustain the industrialisation and investments policies before the end of his administration in 2023 with a view to birthing the Ibom Industrial City and Ibom Deep Seaport.

The Ibom deep seaport project is part of the Ibom Industrial City development through a public private partnership arrangement.

The deep seaport, although a part of the industrial city, is treated as a separate project. The Ibom deep seaport will be owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigeria Ports Authority in partnership with Akwa Ibom State Government and private investors.On the other hand, the Ibom Industrial City project will be solely owned by Akwa Ibom State Government. Both projects will utilise the state’s unique location to promote industrialisation in the region by developing a modern state-of-the art industrial city which will include a deep sea port. The Ibom Deep Seaport is in line with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, FMoT, plans to augment port capacity in Nigeria and is a key component of Akwa Ibom’s economic empowerment plans.new browser tab)
The Ibom deep seaport will occupy 2,565 hectares of land area of the 14,517 hectares available for the industrial city project. The project site is strategically located and accessible through major existing and planned transport infrastructure such as airport, railway lines and federal and state road networks. The IDSP and IIC project site is approximately 36km from the Victor Attah International Airport designed with a runway to carry 747 and 380 series of international airbus cargoes.

The seaport as part of an integrated industrial city will help foster economic development of the country, the state, as well as drive economic empowerment of the citizens. This will be achieved by developing industries adjacent to the deep seaport and within the Ibom industrial city. The implication is that the development of the deep sea port will be carried out in such a way that the synergies of having it within the Ibom industrial city can be fully optimised.

The deep sea port designed for post and new Panamax size vessels will have several specialized terminals. It will also serve as a trans-shipment port for the West and Central Africa region. The Ibom deep seaport is on a location that will strategically serve the West and Central African Region including JDZ Sao Tome, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroun, Angola, Gabon, Congo, Congo DRC, Niger, and Chad. It is a Greenfield port project with deep water access of 18 to 20m in the channel, and over two miles of quay area and with proximity to major shipping routes.

The objectives of Ibom Industrial City include development of a smart, modern and attractive, safe and secure place to do business and live in. The urban design framework will comprise residential and commercial zones centrally located while heavy industries and logistics are adjacent to the port and segregation of freight and passenger traffic.

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