In the midst of the people: Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi flanked by elites of Bonny Kingdom.

Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon. Rotimi Amaechi Friday toured the site of the new deep seaport to be built by the Federal Government in Bonny.

Bonny Island which hosts an oil terminal is located 25.92 nautical miles away from Port Harcourt city, the Rivers capital.

Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi studies the site plan for the Bonny Deep Seaport project. 

Amaechi accompanied by some natives and expatriates  who would be handling the  project visited the Light House area of Finima.

Amaechi expressed satisfaction after touring the site of the proposed project, assuring that the Federal Government is very much determined to commence the construction of the seaport.

Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi surrounded by the people during the visit. On the Minister’s left is George Tolofari.

Estimated to cost about $ 500 million,  the new deep seaport is expected to enhance maritime operations in the Niger Delta region and also boost economic activity in Rivers State as well as its environs.

About 2000 skilled and unskilled workers are to be engaged when the Bonny Seaport project takes off.

The primary occupation of the Bonny people is fishing

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This, however, does not include the number of jobs that are to be generated on the island by the Train 7 project which is driven by the NLNG.

In the meantime, work is proceeding at a fast pace on the Bonny-Bodo Road sponsored by the federal authorities, which would link the island with the rest of the State for the first time.

“Soon Grand Old Bonny will be bubbling” an excited Bonny youth remarked, “Our people are seeing what the Minister of Transportation and the Federal Government are doing for them and the State.”

Amaechi robs mind with George Tolofari, leader of the APC in Bonny 

The Minister was met on arrival by elites from Bonny led by George Tolofari, an APC chieftain and one – time Commissioner for Transport.

Reports reaching our news desk indicate that Amaechi paid a visit to a former member of the House of Representatives, Amaopusenibo Randolph Brown before leaving the ancient city state.

Tolofari, in his reaction expressed delight, saying Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has demonstrated his love and regard for Bonny people.

He also noted the sincerity of APC which he described as a responsible political party that is bent on fulfilling its promises.

Tolofari called on Bonny people to reciprocate the love by supporting the only political party that has placed Bonny at the topmost rung of her priority scale.

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Looking ahead: Amaechi set to open up the Rivers State for maritime business. 

Among political heavyweights who turned out to receive the Minister were a former member of the House of Representatives, Amaopusenibo Tonye Longjohn, a former Permanent Secretary, Amaopusenibo Fubara Kingsley Hart and former Chairman of Bonny Local Government Council, Hon. (Barr.) Edward Ebenezer Pepple.

Also present were a former Chairman of Bonny LGA, Hon. Omuso Gordon Abbey, a former Chief of Protocol to former Governor  Rotimi Amaechi, Hon. Henry Halliday, former Secretary to Bonny Local Government Council,  Hon. Maxwell Akwe, and the CTC Chairman of APC in Bonny, Hon. Ene Longjohn among others.

Experts say the distance from the Fairway Buoy to Bonny is 17 nautical miles.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the seaport project via zoom on the 9th of March, 2021.