Monday, 16 October 2017

NDDC Partners Cross River State Government on the Bakassi Deep Seaport

The Chairman Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has revealed the commission’s plans to construct a 14.5 kilometres dual carriage way from Calabar to link the proposed Bakassi Deep Seaport, as well as facilitate the realisation of the 275 kilometres Super Highway to link the proposed seaport and Katsina-Ala in Benue State.
This was made known last week when Members of the commission led by its chairman, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba paid a courtesy visit to the state governor of Cross River State, Prof. Sen. Ben Ayade, as part of their working tour of the state.

 Ndoma-Egba, who stated that the commission was willing and committed to partnering with the state towards the successful execution of the projects, disclosed that in the next few days, the NDDC would send in a team of its experts to discuss specific details of the projects with the state government.
Mr. Nsima Ekere, Managing Director NDDC speaking about the partnership with the Cross River State Government said:
 “We have identified that the quick driver that will kick start this project is the access road and so we have agreed with the State Government. We will establish a team that will get the design and immediately embark on the construction of the dualized road from Calabar to the Bakassi Deep seaport. The Commission will look at the drawings to see whether there are any additions or subtractions that would have to be made and whatever our consultants say, we are sure we can begin work as soon as possible.”

“We are willing to partner with member States on projects of their choice and it is the Governors that determines the priority of those projects. For Cross River, their priorities are very clear, the deep seaport and the superhighway and we as a Commission are willing to partner with the State on the access to the deep seaport. By next week, the Managing Director will be sending a team to sit down with the Cross River Government to work out the details.” Sen.  Ndoma- Egba concluded