The proposed deep seaport being conceptualized by the State Government with private investors , is expected to open up the economy of the state and create job opportunities for up to 20,000 people in the coastal area.
Government is partnering a Spanish firm, Ocean Infrastructure Management (OIM) and its Nigerian partner, Franchise and Business Solutions Limited (FBS) on the project.
Consultant to the State Government on the project, Amiable Consultancy and Logistics Services Limited, said the project has continued to enjoy the interest of international investors from various parts of the world.
Managing Director/Chief Executive of Amiable Consultancy and Logistics Services, Ms. Aina Egharevba, explained that a lot has been achieved on the project.
These include the preparation of the port feasibility study; conducting preliminary surveys such as the bathymetric/hydrographic survey and geotechnical survey.
Other activities are conduct of soil resistivity test, Met-Ocean studies and topographic survey.
Furthermore, the feasibility study and conceptual master plan for the port have been approved by the Nigeria Ports Authority ( NPA).
The Spanish partner is expected to carry out a review of key project issues and establishing common understanding of the project objectives with officials of the Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ODIPA).
According to the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Amiable Consultancy and Logistics Services, Ms. Aina Egharevba, “After this meeting, we will be moving to the next crucial stage, which is the development of the Outline Business Case (OBC) and Final Business Case (FBC) for this all-important project. We are committed to working with officials of the Ondo State Government to realize the full vision of the governor for the deep seaport” .
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu , had earlier in The Netherlands, stated that the Ondo Deep Seaport project is an investment in the future of the state. “We are doing things for the generation to come. I have always believed that there should be a beginning. We have started; there is no going back. I was privileged to travel with President Buhari to The Netherlands. We went on a boat and visited the ports. I told him, if anything like this must happen in Nigeria, it must be in Ondo State. Not only that, the President has said it most of the times that he knows that Ondo is the right place for a deep-sea port. We should not play politics with everything. It is not our making but providence has put us where we are today. Where we are today, is the best place to have a deep-sea port” .
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