The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel belongs to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
His arch rival, Umana Umana belongs to the All Progressives Congress.
Both men had a very bitter gubernatorial campaign fight in 2015.
Umana’s APC was ‘rewarded’ with by the Buhari Administration as the MD/CEO of Oil and Gas free zones in the country.
Umana went back to his State, called on his political foe, governor Udom, and unveiled one of President Buhari’s economic plans to him.
Here was what Umana told the Governor: The Federal Government wants to build oil and gas free zones.
This will attract investment opportunities to the state. I want you to give the FG three locations.
Also, provide the land to us, access roads and other logistics, and FG will bring the zone.
Udom quickly gave him three locations to wit: Ibaka, Ibeno and Ikot Abasi.
Umana, dropped the hint yesterday during an official visit to Governor Udom at Government House in Uyo.
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Accordingly, he said the federal government was now ready to go into partnership with state government.
The zone will be built on best global practices.
There will also be necessary permits, licenses, consents, and approvals for the establishment of the free zone.
This will attract potential investors to the free zone.
According to the deal, the state government will provide land for the project and keep the project site free from all aliens.
She will also provide offsite infrastructures such as roads, electricity, gas pipeline, telecommunications, and crude feedstock.
The potential investment in the zone will amount to about 65.5% of total investment into Nigeria within the last 10 years.
The Onne Oil and Gas free zone were rated by the Financial Times of London as the best in Africa.
The same business model is to be replicated by the mature understanding of two political enemies in Akwa Ibom State.