Ayade Receives Outline Business Case On Bakassi Deep Seaport

Ayade Receives Outline Business Case On Bakassi Deep Seaport

 

The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has received the Outline Business Case (OBC) on Bakassi Deep Seaport project by the Federal Government appointed transaction adviser.

Governor Ayade was presented with the document by the Managing Director of Feedback Infrastructure Limited, Nnachi Onuoha, at the executive council chamber of the Government House in Calabar, the state capital.

During the presentation, Onuoha informed the governor that the exercise of producing the OBC was quite demanding but that the outcome was thorough.

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He went further to highlight the overall benefits of the Bakassi Deep Seaport to the country and its people.

Onuoha noted the entire states in the South-East region were land-locked, adding that there was a need for an opening point to these places to further boost economic activities.

On his part, Governor Ayade disclosed that the actual construction of the port would commence soon, following the presentation of the OBC by the consultant, including the receipts of 12 other approvals by relevant government agencies.

He was hopeful that the Bakassi Deep Seaport upon conclusion would balance what he termed the ‘distortion’ in the nation’s economic equilibrium as a country.

According to the governor, the northern and southern regions of the country are so blessed but the evacuation of resources from the North has been a major challenge.

Bakassi Deep Seaport: Ayade Meets FG’s Steering Committee, Calls For Immediate Execution

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The Cross-River State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to speed up processes that will bring about the immediate commencement of construction work on its proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 275 kilometres superhighway projects.

The state governor, Professor Ben Ayade made the appeal on Wednesday in Calabar, the State capital, when he received the Chairman and members of the Bakassi Deep Seaport Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee in the company of the project Transaction Financial Advisor prior to their 3-Day fact-finding mission to the state.

While addressing the team, the governor lamented over the current financial status of the state following the loss of its oil wells.

He believes the immediate execution of the dream projects will not only boost the state’s economic status but also attract foreign earnings to the country.

The governor, therefore, urged the group to live up to expectations in the delivery of the task which according to him, will be beneficial not only to this generation but generations yet unborn.

Ayade Receives Bakassi Deep Seaport Concept Design

 

Cross River State Governor Professor Ben Ayade has received the concept design for the full commencement of construction work on the proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport, from a Chinese firm, China Harbour Engineering company.

At a presentation by a team of Chinese engineers led by Mr Jason Wang on Friday, the governor announced that full-scale construction work will begin as soon as the rains subside.

According to him, one of the special features of the Bakassi Deep Seaport is its access to the 275 kilometres evacuation corridor which connects to some other states.

He said, “The Government of Professor Ben Ayade and indeed the people of Cross River State, have focused on creating an alternative income by decoupling ourselves of our dependence on Federal Government allocations.

“It is against that background that the Bakassi Deep Seaport with an evacuation corridor is borne.

“The special advantage of our Bakassi Deep Seaport is its access to a wide armada of great opportunity via her evacuation corridor.

“Therefore, I will call on the patience of the people of Cross River State, the commitment of will and the prayers of everyone to ensure that this noble project comes to its realization and once the government, which is the client, gives approval to this, a detailed design will be ready in no distant time at the onset of the next dry season.

“It is my wish and prayer that the people of Cross River State will rise beyond the boundaries of politics and focus heavily on the future of our young people,” he said.

50 Civil Society Orgs. Name Gov. Ayade ‘Man Of The Year’

CSOs, Ben Ayade, Man Of The YearCross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has been named the ‘Man of the Year’ by 50 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of the Civil Society National Lectures and Awards (CISNALA).

The latest award is coming on the heels of similar recognition by three Nigerian newspapers – Vanguard, Business Hallmark and the Authority newspapers respectively.

The conferment of the CSO Man of the Year on Governor Ayade, according to CISNALA, “is for his recorded milestone in good governance, democracy dividends, people-oriented policies and programmes, transparency and accountability, as well as infrastructure and human capital development”.

A statement which unveiled the honour was jointly signed and issued on behalf of the CISNALA by its convener and the National Coordinator of COCMEP, omrade Innocent Okadigbo, and the Convener of Transparency Centre Network, Mr Umar Farouk, among others.

According to the group, the exercise which led to the eventual “emergence of Governor Ayade as the CSO Man of the Year, was a product of a keenly contested and due process compliant selection system” which the Governor had no inkling of.

The statement disclosed further that the award would be conferred on the Governor in Abuja on a date yet to be announced.

The CISNALA also highlighted other considerations for the conferment of the award to include “(Ayade’s) strident green life advocacy, construction of the largest garment factory in Africa, construction of multi-million dollar rice city project, completion of Calabar International Convention Centre, prompt and regular payment of workers’ salaries, ongoing construction of his signature projects, namely, the Bakassi Deep Seaport and 260km Digital Superhighway, among others”.

Buhari, Governor Ayade Discuss Proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport

ben-ayade-and-muhammadu-buhariThe Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, and Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade, on Tuesday met behind closed-doors to consider a blueprint of the Deep Seaport project initiated by the Governor’s administration.

At the meeting held in Abuja that lasted for about 40 minutes, both leaders discussed extensively, the proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport and the 260 kilometre superhighway signature projects of Professor Ayade, both estimated to cost about 700 billion Naira.

The Deep Seaport will boost the export of produce such as rice and banana as well as solid minerals, the Cross River government hopes.

According to Governor Ayade, “the Deep Seaport would not compete with existing Calabar Ports. It will only complement it because the Bakassi Port will be a 16-meter draft and will accommodate mother vessels especially from the far East”.

The governor had last year said the Deep Seaport ‎had received presidential nod  and support.

“Even in the face of several challenges and the fear that this project was impossible, the president has kept giving me proper encouragement and I am happy to acknowledged that,” the Governor told the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority who met with him days ago.‎

The Federal Government recently gave the Cross River State Government the approval to recruit a transaction advisor for the project.

It had also constituted an advisory and implementation committee for the project