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C’River deep sea project will create 30,000 jobs, says Ayade


Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade

Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade

• Gov. reveals super highway to take off in August

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has stated that the proposed multi-billion naira Cross River Deep Sea project will create over 30,000 jobs in the state.

He also said the state Super Highway is expected to take off fully in August.

In a chat with State House correspondents after he held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the governor commended Buhari for his commitment towards ensuring that the super highway project takes off.

The deep seaport located around Bakassi waterways and the Atlantic Ocean is part of Ayade’s major projects, which include the 260-kilometer super highway,‎ which will link Calabar metropolis to Katsina-Ala in Benue State.

Besides Cross River State, the governor said neighbouring Nasarawa and Kogi States are expected to benefit from the deep sea projects as it would ease movement of products from the states.

Buhari on October 20, 2015 performed the ground-breaking ceremony of the highway at Obung village in Akamkpa local council of the state.

Ayade, while speaking on the benefits of the projects to the people of Cross River said: “It is will act as a route for modern vessels and create not less than 30,000 jobs. It would also aid business activities in the state.

“In basic clear terms, that highway and the deep seaport will benefit Kogi and Nasarawa states because without a deep seaport, it will be almost impossible to exploit the iron ore export in those states.

“That is why those who understand what a federal structure looks like would have a coastline in the north and south regions of Nigeria. Having one major port in Lagos and another in Calabar will feed the North East and North Central from Calabar and North West and the Middle Belt from Lagos.”

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