Cross River State government yesterday, signed a construction agreement for preliminary works at the Bakassi Deep Seaport with China Harbour Company.
The Bakassi Deep Seaport project, which is one of the signature projects of state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, is expected to serve the North Eastern part of the country as well as Chad and Niger Republic.
China Harbour is a state-owned company in China with strong expertise in construction and drainage.
Speaking at the contract signing ceremony at the executive council chamber of the Governor’s Office in Calabar, Ayade, who disclosed the motivation for the deep seaport, decried the unfair treatment the state has suffered in the hands of federal authorities in the wake of the loss of Bakassi to Cameroon.
His words: “The state had been treated unfairly in the Nigerian project through several ways of marginalisation and unjust treatments.”
Ayade who also regretted the ceding of Bakassi Peninsula, loss of 76 oil wells as well as the delisting of Cross River from the 13 per cent derivation, said “the situation has reduced the state to lack and want in body and soul and a weeping child of the nation.”
According to him, his administration has been in desperate need of creating an alternative source of income for the state despite the setback, adding that, “the Bakassi Deep Seaport is strategic for security and economic reasons.” Read more