GOODNEWS: President Buhari okays new seaport in South-South

Decongesting the economic powerhouse of Nigeria, Lagos, is one good policy the President Buhari led administration has embarked upon.

In this regard, the Cross River State Government and the Federal Government has partnered to run a deep seaport in South-South.

The development is aimed at restoring the status of the TINAPA facility as a Free Trade Zone Enterprise (FTZE).

FG chose Cross Rivers State because of TINAPA Island and the infrastructure already in place.

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Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State said he was elated at the development.

The governor dropped the hint during a retreat organized by the state government for political appointees at the Obudu Ranch.

He also said the Nigeria Customs Service has equally given the state clearance for the direct berthing of vessels at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort.

Ayade who could not hide his excitement.

According to Ayade, “Today, I am so excited to announce to you that FG has granted us approval to run Bakassi Deep Seaport.

“The journey towards setting up a deep seaport was practically impossible due to cost.

“Remember also that we had problems with Tinapa.

“The facility was supposed to be a tax haven to improve businesses and increase investment profile.

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“It would have encouraged business traffic into the state: a great conception as it were.

“But for some time now, we been having difficulties in bringing in vessels.

“We then engaged the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd).

“He gave a marching order and approval granted that vessels can now come straight to Tinapa unhindered.

Ayade also enjoined political office holders to reinvent themselves and see the current economic reality as an opportunity.