Nigeria: Calabar Port Dredging Program Approved
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Habib Abdullahi has expressed the Federal Government’s concern about the development of Calabar Port and will therefore make concerted efforts to make it operate optimally.
Mallam Habib Abdullahi disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit on the Acting Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Efiok Cobham at Government house in Calabar during the week. “I am very happy and eager to inform you that Mr. President has approved the capital and maintenance dredging of Calabar Port” Abdullahi declared.
He pointed out that both local and international investors would reap the benefits the dredging contract will offer.
The Managing Director who was in Calabar as part of his familiarisation tour of port locations said the dredging, when completed, will enable bigger vessels to call at the Port, thereby boosting economic activities in Cross Rivers State and the entire geographical coverage area the Port is intended to serve.
In his response, the acting Governor described the dredging of the Port as very critical to the economy of the state particularly now that it is veering off from over dependence on oil.
Mallam Abdullahi inspected port facilities during the tour and also addressed workers of the Authority, Terminal Operators and other stakeholders in Calabar Port.
Mallam Habib Abdullahi equally paid a courtesy visit on the Obong of Calabar, His Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V.
Press Release, March 11, 2013