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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Hope rises on Ondo Deep Seaport

 Federal Government will in no distant time make a ‘Port Declaration’ of the proposed Ondo Deep Sea Port to herald commencement of other processes at the port.

The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, gave this indication when he received  Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu  at the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja. 

He commended the steps so far taken by the state government to prepare for the port declaration.

After listening to a technical presentation by the Consultants to the Ondo State Government, the Minister said once all the prerequisites established by the extant laws are met,  federal government will not hesitate to make Port Ondo Declaration, pursuant to Section 30 of the Ports Act.

Speaking further, the Minister said: “We want to see this port come to life before the end of this administration”, adding that having another deep sea port will do a lot of good to the blue economy policy of the federal government.

Responding to those who posited that there’s a flurry of sea ports in the country, Sambo said it is actually a positive thing, as the presence of the atlantic ocean, the Rivers Niger and Benue put the country on a better pedestal to harness, explore and export its rich minerals to other countries.

The Minister stressed that there are only two deep sea ports in Nigeria, while all others are river ports, including Apapa and Tin-Can ports, adding that the development of the Deep Sea Port in Ondo is a welcome development to the country at large.

Speaking earlier,  Governor Akeredolu said the reason for the visit was to acquaint the Ministry with the vision of the State Government on the development of deep seaport in Ilaje area of Ondo in accordance with the federal government’s module of Public Private Partnership.

Akeredolu, who said the port will bring enormous socio economic benefits to the Federal Government, the State and the host communities, added Dubai Port, China Habour are among many international partners who have signaled interests at developing the port.

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, said the Ondo State Government has made a compelling case for the port and thanked the Transport Minister, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, for his support.

Adegoroye assured the Ondo governor that  Transport Ministry will attach priority to the project as he himself had earlier stated that he would like to see the Port come to life before the end of his tenure as Minister. 

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