FG grants firm approval for $2.9bn contract to construct deep seaport in Delta.
The Federal Government has given a Nigerian firm, Mercury Maritime Concession Company (MMCC), a provisional approval through the Ministry of Transportation to construct a deep seaport at Escravos, Delta State tagged Escravos Seaport Industrial Complex (ESIC-1) for the sum of $2.9 billion.
The promoters of the project said it will promote massive collateral investments in commerce, industry, mining, power, housing, recreation and tourism, etc estimated at $50 billion.
The Chairman of MMCC, Rear Admiral Andrew Okoja, who was addressing a stakeholders’ meeting at the weekend, revealed that the project, which is a maritime-driven project, would generate about 40,000 employment and eliminate criminalities such as piracy in the region.
Okoja said the Escravos seaport project, which would be on 30,000 hectares of land in South West of Warri in Delta State, would decongest the Lagos ports and bring in more people into the maritime industry.
“We have gotten a provisional approval from the Federal Government.
“The provisional approval was given through the Ministry of Transportation and we were given a condition, pay $1 billion, we will give you a license. It is like when you need land, you register and you are asked to pay this amount and after paying it, you would be given the land,” he added.
He said the project will be ready in five years, adding that it would boost the economic and national development of Nigeria particularly, Delta State.
Engr. Stephen Kema Okoja, one of the promoters, said Escravos seaport is conceptualized as a modern deep seaport that would handle container Ro-Ro vessels, specialized cargo and general cargo.
“The seaport is designed to primarily serve ESIC-1 and also support Nigeria’s regular international seaborne trade, thus accentuating the contribution of Delta ports to Nigeria’s economic development as well as boosting contributions of Delta State seaports Nigeria’s International seaborne trade from its present to three percent share.”
“Project conceptualized to take advantage of the quick and direct access of ESIC-1 Seaport to the Atlantic ocean as its multimodal transport access to approximately 80 percent of hinterland Nigeria and it’s landlocked countries to transform Delta State into a regional multi-modal transport hub of West Africa,” he added.
Speaking on the specific benefits of ESIC-1, Prof. Charles Asenime, said the central location of ESIC-1 grants Delta State direct multimodal transport accessibility to 70 percent of the Nigerian landmass (four (4) geo-political zones including Abuja) and the littoral nations of the world.
“The development of ESIC-1 project will transform the coastal/foreshore line between Benin river and Forcados river into prime lands for seafront/sea-view property development.
“ESIC-1 Seaport will substantially eliminate congestion in the Lagos seaports. It will provide a solution to the accessibility and low-draft disincentive to mariners that are associated with sailing to Warri Port, Burutu, Koko, Onitsha, and Port Harcourt ports.
House of Reps gives NIMASA green light to disburse CVFF –appoints audit firm to coordinate, monitor disbursement
“Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Legor Idagbo – Chairman ii. Hon. Henry Nwawuba – Member iii. | Mrs. Kehinde Bolade Olaiya – Committee Clerk.
President Tinubu appoints Gbajabiamila Chief of Staff
An authoritative source in the Presidency confirmed the development on Thursday.
The source said the president finally made the decision after wide consultations on the contending candidates.
Gbajabiamila has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2012 and has just been re-elected to the House in the last elections.
The choice of Gbajabiamila by the president is not a surprise to many political pundits as he has been a very close ally to the president.
They are part of the brains behind the formation of the All-Progressives Party (APC).
He will now have to forgo his seat in the House of Representatives if he accepts the appointment.
Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila CFR, is a Nigerian lawyer and foundation member of the APC.
He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2019.
Gbajabiamila was born in Lagos in 1962 and attended Igbobi College for his secondary education and the University of Lagos as part of his education.
He is married to Salamatu Gbajabiamila.
Maritime media, NUJ mourn as Ray Ugochukwu passes on to glory
“The death of Ray came as a big shock to the union.
“We are going to miss his courageous attributes and mentorship.
“He was also one of the pillars of the Lagos Council of NUJ and served the union meritoriously in his capacities as the Chairman of, the Seminar Committee; and as a Member, the Committee on Milestone Recognition of Media Icons In Nigeria.
“He spent most of his life in ensuring the advancement of Maritime Reporting as well as the welfare of Journalists.
“He worked in several media houses.
“Among his giant strides, he was a former President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN); President, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN); and a former Chairman of the Daily Times Chapel of NUJ.
“The legacies of Ray are indelible and will exist forever.
“May God grant his soul eternal rest” the Lagos NUJ said in a statement signed by Leye Ajayi, the Council Chairman and Tunde Olalere, the Council Secretary.
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