Cross River Projects: FG Pledges Special Attention for Deep Seaport and Superhighway Project in 2022


 

The governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Professor Ben Ayade has stated that the presidency have shown a very strong commitment to the Bakassi Deep sea port and the superhighway which basically was the core essence of his being in Abuja for long. It is also noteworthy that the Bakassi deep sea port and the superhighway construction project are two of Cross River State's signature projects.

“I’m happy to be back in Calabar and just to inform great Cross Riverians that I’ve had a very good session with the Presidency and I want to announce with joy that the presidency have shown very strong commitment to the Bakassi deep sea port and the super highway which is basically the core essence of my being in Abuja for this long.”

Governor Ayade also stated that it is his ambition to take the Atlantic Ocean to the Northern Nigeria in order to allow for a beneficiation process by harnessing the large deposit of mineral resourcecs such as iron ore, tantalite, gold, diamond and a lot of others that are available in Northern Nigeria. Adding that the large deposit of mineral resources would remain unexploited so long as there is no access to maritime corridor. He  also said that the deep sea port with an evacuation corridor which is the superhighway would create a great opportunity for Northern Nigeria to have a bliss and further create a gateway into a financial bliss of some sort.

“Again and again, my ambition is to take the Atlantic Ocean closer to Northern Nigeria. To allow them a beneficiation process of taking full advantage of the large deposit of iron ore, tantalite, gold diamond, the list is endless that is abound in the northern Nigeria. Unfortunately, this huge material would remain unexploited as far as there is no access to a maritime corridor. So, the Bakassi deep sea port with an evacuation corridor through the super highway creates a great opportunity for Northern Nigeria to have a bliss and would have a great gateway into a financial bliss of some sort.” He said.

Furthermore, the governor stated that he beliefs that the prosperity agenda which will be ushered into the Northern Nigeria due to the existence of the Superhighway and the Bakassi Deep Sea Port will be unbelievable. He also added that as it is today, Nigeria has only one maritime gateway in terms of commercial maritime transactions.  

“In deed I belief that the prosperity agenda that will be ushered into Northern Nigeria occasioned by the existence of this superhighway  and Bakassi Deep sea port would be unbelievable because as it is today, Nigeria has only one maritime gateway as it were in terms of commercial maritime transactions.”

The governor who viewed the actualization of the deep sea port and the superhighway as a means of boosting the economy of the state and nation at large stated emphatically that the President is committed to seeing that the project is realized.  Adding that will be a great link for transportation of agricultural products from the South – South and South-Eastern flank of Nigeria to the Northern region and allow easy import of mineral resources such as Arabic gum, cottons, sesame seeds, tantalite, gold, metallurgical bauxite, iron ore to the South-South and South-Eastern States.

“The president is committed to seeing that this project is realized. It is only natural for this South-South, South-Eastern flank to have a direct maritime connection to northern Nigeria. Imagine things like gum Arabic, cottons, sesame seeds, tantalite, gold, metallurgical bauxite, iron ore. All of this would be exported through this maritime corridor, without all of these, we will be harvesting, struggling and working in vain.”



He also advised Southern Nigeria to that oil is gradually becoming a thing of the past. And encouraged the mining and access to mineral resources which he believes will soon be in high demands.

“Southern Nigeria must also come to the understanding that oil is gradually becoming a thing of the past. By 2030, there will be no engine whether diesel or petrol driven that will be manufactured. So, basically Nigeria consume about 65million litres of petrol in a day. That quantity will drop, the demand for petrol or refined product or crude oil will drop and the demand for solid mineral like coal tar will be on the rise and that we have in abundance in Northern Nigeria.”

“So, whether the north or the south, we both need each other and we must come together and share the prosperity that this country have got and that is what I preach and that is my belief that it is the way for this country to move forward.”

Finally, Ayade admonished Nigerians to put away every form of political tension and focus on harvesting the great potential of our country.

“We must lower the political tension, we must lower everything and refocus on harvesting the great potential of the country.”



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