Former MD/CEO of Nigerdock Plc; Engr Nkpubre Okon Nkpubre, has challenged Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom Province to tell the people the reasons the preferred bidder as good as other investors backed out of the Ibom Deep Seaport projection.
Governor Emmanuel had of late in a live radio broadcast said the reason the Ibom deep seaport has not taken off was because the investors have pulled out next the petitions the people of Oron wrote against the province regime.
He said the people who wrote the petition felt disgruntled over the alter in nomenclature from Ibaka to Ibom deep seaport as good as the relocation of the projection site from Ibaka, Oron to Ibeno Local Regime.
The governor said Oron people should be held responsible whether the multi-billion Naira projection does not come up to fruition as the investors were scared absent by the persistent petitions.
But Nkpubre, who is also Chairman, Òrò Country Technical Commission on Ibom Deep Seaport, said the governor was economical with the truth as the petition written by the people was only to limited the reasons the projection should not be taken absent from the initial proposed site (Oron).
Explaining why the investors left, Nkpubre said, “concerning the avoidable disputation surrounding the Ibaka Deep Sea Port projection, allow me categorically say that no investor would want to waste his tough earned money or borrowed funds to go and dig out a dry out dry land equivalent to in relation to 150 football (Soccer) fields to create an artificial sea for a Deep Sea Port in Ibeno LGA when a natural harbour with undredged draft of 11meters is shut by at Ibaka, only 10km absent.
“That is why the Chinese who first off expressed involvement in the Deep Sea Port withdrew. That is why the French (Bollore) who emerged as preferred investor withheld investment. That is perhaps why the Federal Regime withdrew both fairness and investment guarantee.
“Allow the whole world know that Oron country is not against the alter of the proper name of the Sea Port from Ibaka Deep Sea Port to Ibom Deep Sea Port as falsely claimed by Governor Udom Emmanuel. What Oron country is against is the unjustified relocation of the Deep Sea Port based on a clearly fraudulent criteria and also the ill-advised thought of a Dugout Port.
“It is not also true that Oro country drove absent investors as claimed by the Governor. Oron Country first off wrote to the Governor to limited strong reservations in relation to the program to relocate the Deep Sea Port from the technically most preferred location and the contemplation of a Dugout Port with its environmental implications.”
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