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FG Budgets N1Billion For Akwa Ibom's Ibaka Deep Seaport

FG Budgets N1Billion For Akwa Iboms Ibaka Deep Seaport
According to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Federal Government has made provision of N1 billion in the 2017 budget for the development of Ibaka deep seaport in Akwa Ibom.

Mr. Osinbajo said this in Uyo on Thursday while addressing a Townhall meeting of the government and people of the state .

The visit was part of his consultation with people in the Niger Delta on how to maximise the gains of oil resources in the region.

The acting president responding to complaints and requests by the people, said that budgetary provisions had also been made for the Itu – Calabar federal highway in 2016 adding that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources was working with Amnesty Office to accommodate more youth from Akwa Ibom into the Amnesty Programme.

“I have heard all the requests. We must trust and give this government the patience that is required to put things right.

“We are working on modular refineries. Power stations must be established here. We must make our oil producing communities hub of petrochemical and gas industries.

“We must attract private investments. The biggest benefit is to attract more private investments to the state,” Mr. Osinbajo advised.

The acting president regretted that the blessings of oil wealth had not touched the majority of the people in the oil bearing communities.

The acting president promised to partner with the state government to establish technology hub in the state while advising the people to be resourceful and innovative. He noted that the future depended on innovation and the ability to harness what we have for development.

Earlier, the state governor, Udom Emmanuel, appealed to the Federal Government to support the Ibaka deep seaport. The governor also requested the Federal Government to partner with the state to establish a logistics centre for oil and gas operations.

Mr. Emmanuel appealed to the Federal Government to resolve the ownership problem in the Aluminum Smelting Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) to enable the state benefit from it.

Speaking on behalf of oil producing communities, a former Minister of Lands and Housing, Nduese Essien, lamented that the state had nothing to show for being the highest oil producer.

Mr. Essien suggested that the coastal railway project of the Federal Government should pass through Oron- Eket- Ikot Abasi routes. He called on the Federal Government to correct the anomaly in the section four of the East-West spanning Onna and Eket in Akwa Ibom.

In his speech, the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio,who was perhaps commanding in his approach commended the federal government for appointing indigenes of the state into key government positions.

Mr. Akpabio, who spoke on behalf of the state's elders council, asked for fairness and equity considering the allocation of projects in the Niger Delta region.

The senate leader also requested the federal government to allow free and fair elections in the state in order for the state to continue as a 100% PDP state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that representatives of youth, women and special interest groups spoke at the town hall meeting.

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