A Pre Bid Conference with three firms that are pushing for the development of the Ibom Deep Sea Port was held in Uyo the Akwa Ibom state capital.
The Consortium of Bollore and Power China, China Road Breach Corporation, CRBC and China Harbour Engineering Company of Nigeria are the International firms that are vying for the development of the project.
Addressing the Technical Committee on Ibom Industrial City and Deep Seaport, which includes representatives of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, consultants and other stakeholders, Governor Udom Emmanuel told the bidders that they would not have asked for a better investment opportunity than the Ibom deep seaport.
Governor Emmanuel described the proposed Ibom Seaport as standing in a very good position to serve the south-south, south-east and middle belt regions of the country including Abuja just as it is capable of also servicing the Gulf of Guinea.
The Governor explained the challenges of operating a single seaport in Nigeria and stated that a country of over 170 million people cannot be fed from only one seaport.
He said that the Port will be digital with at least 4 Exits to ease traffic congestion within and outside the facility just as the facility when completed would sit on a natural draught, which would not need to be dredged.
The Governor expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the support in respect of the project and assured that the state and other stakeholders involved in the development of Ibom Seaport will get it done in compliance with international standard.
He pointed out that latest technology will be applied to make sure goods are cleared at a very fast pace to enable investors to realize the return on their investment right on time.
The Chairman, Ibom Deep Seaport and Industrial City Technical Committee, Mrs Mfon Usoro explained that the conference with the bidders is a mandatory requirement in the Federal Government procurement process.
She said they gave them more information about the project with the hope that they would be able to submit robust proposals to the Ministerial Projects Development Steering Committee for evaluation before the parties involved get to the next stage of the project.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Akan Okon noted that before the end of the year, they should come to the end of the entire transaction since everyone involved in the project was showing great commitment.
In a remark, the Chairman, Project Development Steering Committee and Director, Maritime Services, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Sani Galadanchi said the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi has the passion for the project and promised to continue to work with the State Technical Committee and other stakeholders to achieve result.
The representatives of Bollore and Power China and that of China Harbour Engineering Company Limited, all described the Port development project as a mega facility while also hoping to emerge the preferred bidder.