A’Ibom, Navy Partner On Marine Transport

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By Ogenyi Ogenyi, Uyo

Akwa Ibom State Government said it has entered into partnership with the Nigerian Navy to develop marine transportation.

Commissioner for Transport, Mr Orman Esin told correspondents that the partnership would provide alternative route to road transportation and ensure security on the waterways.

Esin explained that already the Nigerian Navy has submitted a design for ferries and cargo boats that would be completed in six months.

“We are in serious interface with the Navy to build both cruise and transportation boat, ferry that would be carrying people from Oron to Calabar.

“The design is on and since we don’t want capital flight, we will have the Navy build the boat for us since they will give us internal security.

” I had a meeting with the Admiral in charge of the dock and marine operations of the Navy, along with the Secretary to the State Government, and Commissioner of Internal Security.

“We are certain that as soon as we get a design and the approval of His Excellency for the design, the boat construction will commence.

“They have given us a timeline of six months but we are giving them eight months. We are believing God that by the second quarter of next year, we should have a new ferry cruising on the shore.

“Cargo is a midterm approach we are thinking about, where we will have a cargo ship that would be carrying cargo from Lagos down to Akwa Ibom. It would be easier and better for our people.” The commissioner stated.

On constant attacks on fishermen by sea pirates, Esin said the Minstry of Internal Security has already swung into action, adding, “be rest assured that three months from today, the pirates will leave our water.”

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