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The politics of Calabar Port dredging and need for FG intervention

Posted on August 11, 2015

By Mike Abang, Business Day

The people of Cross River State have expressed disappointment over what they described as insincerity on the part of past administrations, both at the Federal and state levels in relation to the state of Calabar Port.

They complain that the first contract for the dredging of the Calabar Port was awarded by the regime of the late General Sani Abacha in 1996.

It was gathered that the contract has no evidence of execution. According to investigations, the unknown Chinese company showed up for a while and simply vanished. But the total amount of money for the project was paid or rather, never returned to government coffers.

Ten years later in 2006 under President Olusegun Obasanjo, the same contract was re-awarded to two Dutch companies- Messrs Jan-de Nul and Van Oord Limited at a total cost of $56 million. This contract suffered the same fate as both companies left contract site without completing their assignments. In order words, they abandoned the job. They simply vanished like their Chinese friends.


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