Oron - Residents of Ibaka community in
Ibaka Mbo Local Government, Akwa Ibom, on Friday asked for N10billion
compensation to allow the Federal Government start the Ibaka Deep Sea
The residents told journalists, who visited the Ibaka Seaport site,
that they were ready to relocate for development of the area.
Okon Udotong, Spokesperson for the community, said that they were not against the project or development of the area. ''If the government wants to use the area for the development of a sea port, we will support the project. The area has over 1,000 hectares of land. At least with N10 billion we can all relocate to other areas. We know it will bring growth and development as well as attract revenue to the government," Udotong said.
He said that the indigenes were worried that the government had not
contacted them since the community got a report of the project. Our concern is where we will be relocated to. We have lived here
for over 20 years. Apart from the indigenes, people from the East and
West live and transact business here," he said.
Udotong said that the sea port, when completed would decongest
existing ports in Nigeria because the project would be a trans-shipment
port. He said that the depth of the seaport would be of an advantage to
countries which shared borders with Nigeria along the coast line.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the Ibaka project
would be handled by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company