Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State says developing the Gelegele seaport into a modern container terminal is a priority for his administration, hence the inauguration of a technical committee to oversee its development.
Already, he said the state government is in talks with the Federal Ministry of Transport on the possibilities of achieving this as part of efforts to boost revenue generation; create more jobs; and in the process boost economic activities in the state.
Meanwhile, a statement by John Mayaki, Chief Press Secretary to the governor said Obaseki urged the technical committee led by Engineer Greg Ero to come up with a blueprint on how to actualise the vision to create a viable seaport
The committee is charged with “advising the government on the feasibility of developing the seaport as an import and export zone, and, to liaise on behalf of the state with relevant federal government agencies and other maritime related agencies, private sector participants and other stakeholders respectively”.
Obaseki added that the seaport’s location would also house an agro-industrial park that would increase exportation of agricultural produces from the state.
According to the governor, “the importance of developing the Gelegele sea port cannot be overemphasized. Apart from the historical importance, Gelegele seaport still has a significant role to play in the future of the economic development of Edo. It will lead to promotion of trade and commerce and employment and lead to significant infrastructure development within the host community and environs.”
Responding, Ero thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in the committee to drive the process of developing the seaport. He assured the governor that the Committee would not fail in the discharge of its duties.
“We are happy that you put this project of developing Gelegele in the front burner of your economic policy of your administration. Gelegele has been wasting away for centuries now; we thank you for your foresight to join hands with the Oba of Benin to develop it”, he said.