By Ekemini James
In furtherance of the economic/industrial advancement and wealth creation plan of the Akwa Ibom State government, as contained in the ARISE Agenda, Governor Umo Eno has assured that the government will expedite action to ensure speedy and smooth commencement of an onshore logistics base for marine support in the state.
Governor Eno gave the assurance during a meeting with the management of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC) and Solutions Hub Limited held at the Government House, Uyo.
He noted that government is willing and ready to support investments that will further the development plans of the State, and to create jobs for Akwa Ibom people.
The Governor said Akwa Ibom State remains one of the most peaceful and secure states in the country and assured everyone that the government will continue to ensure that the State is conducive for citizens, residents, investors, visitors and tourists.
Governor Eno, who is a seasoned entrepreneur, commended the team for their decision to invest in the State and promised that the government would play its part in ensuring a smooth take-off of their business.
The base, proposed to be sited on a 40-square kilometres space in Ibaka, Mbo Local Government Area, within the designated free trade zone in the state, is modelled to be an alternative to existing logistics bases in Nigeria to offer offshore construction support to West and Central African regions.
In her remarks, the leader of the delegation, Mrs Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, NNPCL’s Executive Vice President, Upstream, appreciated the Governor for his interest in developing the economy of the State.
She promised that the team was committed to ensuring that the project would be successfully implemented in the State.
Other members of the delegation included; Mr Bala Wunti, Chief Upstream Investment Officer NNPC NVIMS, Mr Lanre Richard Igardan, Business Advisor to EVP Upstream, Mr Ekene Obadiegwu, MD Ibom Solution Hub Ltd, and Mr Asuquo Inuikum, GM Public Relations