Nigeria shops for N100bn to revive A’Ibom fishing terminals
London, Feb. 3, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government is desperately shopping for about N100bn, the amount needed to reactivate the abandoned fishing terminals in Akwa Ibom State.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, stated this on Saturday after a tour of the facilities located at Akai Ebughu and Ibaka in the Mbo Local Government Area of the state.
He said, “Part of our efforts is to make sure that the economic potential of Nigeria in the sea, including agriculture, fishing, port activities and all things that can engage citizens of this country, as well as generating revenue for the economy are activated.
“We are assessing the state of these multipurpose terminals which were initially conceived as fishing terminals but it is for all kinds of vessels and all economic activities.
“These terminals when activated can take care of economic challenges of this country, which include; fishing and all kinds of import which would create employment.”
The Presidential aide added that part of the reasons for assessing the project was to let the investors identify the potential of the facility and take advantage as well.
“The essence of this visit is to let investors see the potential here; some of the investors that can be interested in investing in this terminal are those who are building trollers, ships and other sea going vessels.
“We have to show them the facilities which they could use in ship building.
“Others could be interested in operating in this port for the purpose of going into the Atlantic Ocean to fish all kinds of marine life that are of export quality and can be used here,” he said.
He said the Federal Government of Nigeria was determined to boost security at the high sea and coastal areas to minimise the activities of sea pirates at the Ibaka seaport.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who was represented by, Mr Azuka Agbihi, pledged the commitment of the National Assembly to ensure the actualsation of the project.