Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said the state government has secured preliminary approvalsÂ for financing the development of the Benin River Port in Gelegele.
Obaseki disclosed this when he received the Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Bayelsa State,Â Rear Admiral Saleh Usman at the Government House in BeninÂ City, the Edo state capital.
He said, â€œWith the feasibility study for the project almost completed, the state government has secured some preliminary approvals forÂ financingÂ of the project. We anticipate that by September, the state government would secure additional funding arrangement which will facilitate theÂ actualisationÂ of the project.â€
The governor said the state would require a Naval Base to be sited close to the seaport, noting, â€œThere isÂ needfor a Naval Base to be sited in the state to provide full security for the Gelegele project as soon as operations kick offÂ in the area. As we make progress inÂ actualisingÂ the Gelegele project, the need for a Naval Base in the state is apparent.â€
Obaseki expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Navy for their support for the project, noting, â€œDespite the fact that the Navy doesn’t have a base here, we must commend officers and men of the Service for providing security for the team of engineers working on the project site.â€
He said the Nigerian Navy can do more by locating some of its social projectsÂ in the state such as schools, which would boost access to quality education in the state.
Earlier, Rear AdmiralÂ Usman,Â said the Navy was ready to provide Edo State with all the support required toactualiseÂ theÂ industrialisationÂ vision through the Gelegele project.
He noted, â€œThe Gelegele seaport project is gigantic and would boost economic activities in the state as well as create jobs. The Naval authority is looking forward to working with the state government to site a befitting base and improve its operational activities in the state.â€