New seaport to be built in Nigerian state

shipping portThe seaport is expected to improve ease of doing business for importers and exporters in Abia State, Nigeria. (Image source: Roger Wollstadt/Flickr) The government of Abia State in Nigeria has announced plans to build a seaport at Obuaku city in Ukwa West, to boost commercial and economic activities in the region

According to the Leadership newspaper, the Nigerian commissioner for information and strategy, Dr Eze Chikamnayo said the sea port will be situated less than five miles from the Atlantic Ocean.

“This will be the first seaport in the south-east geopolitical zone. It will improve ease of doing business in the state as importers and exporters will not have to travel a long distance now to clear their goods,” said Chikamnayo.

The Information and Strategy Department said a committee has been set up to oversee the development of the seaport.

The project will be executed alongside the airport venture coming up in Abia State. Earlier this year, the Abia Airport project was announced by Governor Theodore Orji’s administration, which has been aimed at improving investment opportunities in the state.

The project is expected to complement the Imo Airport, PortHarcout Airport and Oyo Airport in the region. 

The government of Abia State recently acquired a 62 sq km site for the airport project, which will run across Ikwuano and Umuahia in the south.

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