Posted on May 15, 2023
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, will today, flag off the typographic survey/dredging of sea route from Oguta Lake to the Atlantic Ocean.
The survey, which is a clearance of the entire route from Oguta Lake to Orashi River to Degema and the Atlantic Ocean, was initiated by Governor Hope Uzodimma to open up the economic corridor in the South East and enhance maritime security in the Niger Delta region.
It will be executed under the partnership of the Nigerian Navy with the consortium of international companies. Essentially a Private Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
In a statement by Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, the flag off ceremony will be done by Osinbajo.
According to him, dignitaries expected on the ceremony include the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor; Chief of Naval Staff, Awwal Gambo, and the Minister of Trade Investment, Niyi Adebayo, and minister of Transport, Mu’azu Sambo.
Emelumba said the ceremony, which will hold at Oguta Naval base by 12 noon today, is a culmination of efforts by Uzodimma to reinvigorate the economy of the state and the South East.
He also said the dredging will aid security agencies in the discharge of their duties, especially in checking illegal oil bunkering and oil theft.
The commissioner said with the granting of approval by the Federal Government for the commencement of the dredging, both the federal and state governments would have a new lease of life in enhanced revenue and improved security.
He, therefore, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Navy for the positive roles they played to make the project a reality.