Over 100 companies express interest in Ibom Deep Sea Port

*Ibom Deep Sea Port

The much-talked about Ibom Deep Sea Port (IDSP) in Akwa Ibom State would soon be realised, as more than 100 companies across the globe have reportedly indicated interest for the development of the Port.

The Guardian reports that the commissioner for housing and special duties, Akan Okon, disclosed this while addressing journalists in his office in Uyo.

According to him, more than 75 per cent of the paper work, which would lead to the actualisation of the construction of the port, has been achieved, adding that despite the interest shown so far in the project, the bidding is still open till March 16.

He attributed the level of success recorded in the project to the commitment of the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, whom he said brought to bear his experience in the private sector in project execution.

He recalled that soon after assuming office, the governor set up a committee made up of experienced and seasoned people in the maritime industry to pilot the realisation of the port project, which was conceived about five years ago.

Okon said the ministerial steering committee met in Abuja, and approved procedures for procurement, which led to publication of qualification for expression of interest by port builders.

“I am happy to tell you that…the bidding is still open, and the response is encouraging. We have over 100 companies all over the world showing interest, and it is expected more are coming. The closure is extended to March 16, 2018.

“After that, the evaluation committee will meet to evaluate and come up with a preferred institution that will build the port,” he stated.





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