Governor Udom Emmanuel has inaugurated a nine meter fast security escort vessel, ‘MV Norfin Swift’ built by Norfin Offshore Shipyard Ltd in Oruk-Anam with a resolve to attract more private investments to the state.
The inauguration ceremony which held, Saturday at the Shipyard located along the Oruk-Anam axis of the East-West road, also culminated in the official unveiling of the multi-billion naira shipyard by the Governor.
The security vessel which is up for charter and direct purchase, as well as oil and gas related services is a historic endorsement of the industrialization agenda of the Udom Emmanuel led administration by the private sector and the readiness of Akwa Ibom to take advantage of the vast opportunities in the nation’s maritime, and oil and gas industry.
Unveiling the facility, Governor Udom Emmanuel who stated the readiness of the state government to partner the Norfin Group, lauded the investor, Engr. Charles Udonwa, a Singaporean based ship builder for his decision to site the shipyard in the state, noting that the gesture was worthy of emulation.
While condemning the recent attack on the shipyard, the Governor charged the host community to see the investment as an asset that must be protected, noting that irrespective of the location, the shipyard would benefit the entire country.
“Today marks a seed harvest in the entire Gulf of Guinea and we don’t take this for granted. But it is worthy of emulation. I hope the host community will behave well.
“My brother Charles I share your pains in the last attack. Whatever we are going to do as a state government to ameliorate that pain, we will do.
“Locating this facility here is for the benefit of the entire country”
Also speaking, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, represented by the Minister of State for Power, Engr. Goddy Jerry Abba, assured of the readiness of the federal government to partner the company.
Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Barr. Prince Ukpong Akpabio said the Udom Emmanuel government is geared towards building industries that will contribute in high percentage to Nigeria’s GDP, and also create job opportunities for Akwa Ibom youths.
In their goodwill message, the Chief of the Naval Staff, represented by the Commander, Nigeria Navy, NNS, Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, Commodore Majid Ibrahim, Leader, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Sir. Udo Kierian Akpan, and the President, Ship Owners Association of Nigeria, Dr. Eke George described the investment as historic and hailed Governor Udom Emmanuel for creating an investment friendly environment in the state.
Chairman Of Norfin Group, Engr. Udonwa appreciated the state government for creating an investment friendly climate in the state, saying his company’s presence in the state will help Akwa Ibom become a major player in the nation’s oil and gas industry.