President Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned the commencement of oil drilling activities at Orient Oil Resource Centre, near Aguleri in Anambra state.

Already high quality, sodium-free oil has been extracted from the wells.

The President who was on a one day working visit to Anambra State, also officially commissioned the Onitsha River Port Complex, ?in Anambra State which cost N4.6 billion.

Commissioning the complex, President Jonathan said “We must exploit other opportunities in transport, enhanced and it can only be done when we have terminal ports4 so as

“Our targets is to link up the ports, roads, airports and rails to boost our cargo movement and economy.

“Transporting cargo on water is cheaper and reduces wearing and tearing of our roads. Our commitment is to transform all the sector of the economy, all we ask is patience we will deliver on our campaign promises”.

The Minister of Transports, Senator Idris Umar, in his opening remark said the project cost N4.666,481,590.90 and was being handled by an indigenous company Messrs InterBau Construction Ltd and is aimed at stimulating economic activities and job creations.

He said the project involves comprehensive rehabilitation of transist shed/warehouse of 110×55 meters with a storage capacity of 10,000 Twenty Feet Equivalent Units (TEU’s).

The project also involved the construction of new port operations building, nine senior staff quarters, 11 junior staff quarters, fuel tank farm, road works, erosion control works with Gabions and Reno mattresses, new slipway , 150mm diameter borehole with elevated water tank and treatment unit as well as reticulation and other plumbing works.

The project also involved the rehabilitation/renovation of quay wall and appron with a length of 150m. The wharf has a width of 50m with adjoining hardstand width of 100m, five existing staff quaters, port security and police buildings, fire brigade buildings, drainage works and gang ways.

The project also involved the procurement and installation of modern cargo handling equipment comprising of one 50 tonne toll trailer, two 48 and 32 tonne forklifts, 50 tonne reachstacker, two 64 tonne mobile harbour cranes, one 80 tonne mobile crane and two generators of 200 KWA each.

Earlier in his goodwill message, Anambra State, Peter Obi, says the state is the youngest and newest oil producing state in the country. He also said Onitsha remains the home of commerce hence is the most suitable spot for the port adding that the project will reduce the weight on the Nigerian roads and create more jobs.

The President also commissioned the SABMiller Brewery in Onitsha, said to be the biggest in Africa, as well as other commercial enterprises in the state, Orange drugs by Tony Ezenwa Foundation which has already employed 400 workers.

He also unveiled the giant statue of the Ikemba and name the expanded and beautified expressway from Niger Bridgehead to Upper Iweka Road ? the gateway to the South East ? as Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Way, thereby signalling the start of the immortalisation project of the hero.

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