The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has restated the state government’s commitment to the proposed N300billion Bakassi deep seaport, saying, arrangements are in progress for the commencement of construction.
The project, according to the governor, will boost banana exportation through the proposed world-class banana plantation in the state.
Ayade, made the remarks when the Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman paid him a courtesy visit at the state house, Calabar.
The deep seaport, he said, would not compete with existing Calabar ports, “it will only complement it because the Bakassi port will be a 16 meters draft and will accommodate mother vessels especially from the Far East.”
He said: “Rather, it was borne out of the necessity to provide a new economic hope to the people of Bakassi. The port will restore the hope of the people of Bakasi and they will know that the president cares for them.
“Even in the wave of security challenges and the fear that this project was impossible, the president has kept giving me proper encouragement and i am happy to acknowledge that. It is a clear indication that the young people have to take charge. This is one of the fastest seaports under construction. The port will have a draught of 16 meters to attract huge cargo traffic.”
The governor said the project has received presidential nod added that over 100 Chinese firms were ready to come and start construction, manufacturing at the deep seaport.
“The Bakassi people of Cross River State who had been displaced by no fault of theirs had been denied all rights. The deep seaport is meant to provide a new economic base and give the Bakassi people a sense of belonging. By the time the deep seaport takes off, they would then recognise that the President felt for them, “the governor said.
Ayade noted that Panamax vessels would be berthing in the port, which is 90 kilometer away from Calabar port.
The governor also expressed concern about the maintenance dredging of the Calabar port, which he said had remained ‘a big challenge’.
He further stated that, “dredging is an issue that has been recurring and I believe that the dredging of the Calabar port would finally commence. If we get the Calabar port working, it would support the exportation of agricultural products of the state.”
Ayade said the state government is planning to cultivate the largest banana plantation in the world and would be exporting the products through the deep seaport.
He noted that the Calabar port would serve as a transit port to support the mother vessels that would be operating at the Bakassi deep seaport.
“We will provide supervision for the dredging of the Calabar Port. We will do our best to support you in the dredging of the Calabar Port, “he said.
In her response, Usman assured the governor that the NPA would jointly work with the state government to have sustainable development of the ports.
“We would interact exhaustively on way forward to improve the Calabar port,” she said.
University Of Ibadan (UI) Goes Digital, Releases Timetable for Virtual Academic Session
University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced it is going ahead with resumption on February 20 despite the second wave of COVID-19.
In a statement released by the school, the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence virtually on February 20, 2021.
The virtual academic session will last for 13 straight weeks and end on Friday May 12, 2021, while the matriculation ceremony will hold on Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The University of Ibadan also scheduled one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases has compelled the Senate to approve the virtual academic session in an effort to ensure the tertiary institution abides by the protocols established by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“It, therefore, agreed that the 2020/2021 First Semester lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, students will not be accommodated on campus,” a statement from the school said.
“Senate also approved the cancellation of the 2019/2020 session. The next session is, therefore, renamed 2020/2021 Academic Session. Consequently, students who have been admitted for the 2019/2020 session will now be regarded as the 2020/2021 intakes.
“Kindly note that online opening of Registration Portal and Orientation Programme for the 2020/2021 intakes may commence ahead of the Sat 20/02/21 date indicated above,” the statement said.
House of Representatives Impeached Trump Over Capitol Invasion
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for the second time after instigating the US Capitol invasion.
Led by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 232 representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted to impeach the outgoing president against 197 that voted for him to remain in the office for the next six days when he would handover to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The ten Republicans were Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Republicans, who unanimously stood behind president Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were divided this time over the attack on Capitol.
A Republican representative from California, Kevin McCarthy, said “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
US Congress Declares Joe Biden as The 46th President of The United States After Trump Mob Left
The joint congress of the United States on Thursday, January 7, 2021 certified Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States following President Trump’s mob action that disrupted the congress joint proceeding on Wednesday.
After ordering his followers to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, President Trump later announced that there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
While the certification was just a mere formality as Biden had secured enough electoral college votes (270) required to clinch the world’s most powerful seat, the refusal of Donald Trump to accept the results of the November 2020 election made the session a keenly watched, especially after Trump mob disrupted a joint session of the Senate.
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