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Gov. Obaseki receives report on Gelegele Seaport

The Technical Committee on the Actualisation of  the Gelegele Sea port  on Wednesday submitted its report to Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo.

Receiving the report at Government House in Benin, Obaseki said the successful building of the sea port would enhance the movement of  agricultural produce from the state to  local and global markets in a cost effective manner.

He said under the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, states were  asked to develop an  economic blueprint that would  stimulate exportation.

Obaseki said that the seaport was also a critical infrastructure needed by the state government in view of  the investment expected in  the state.

“We have travelled to various countries,  especially Asia,  looking at how to re-enact our competitive advantage in oil palm and rubber.

“Edo is a logistic hub for this country,  goods can be efficiently moved into various states and distributed across the country,’’  he said.

The governor assured the committee members  that the report would  be studied with a view to implementing its recommendations   in addition to  seeking  experts’   inputs toward executing the  seaport initiative.

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Mr  Greg Ero, said the committee  took a holistic view of the project  and addressed in details the location of  the seaport, sea route to the Atlantic Ocean as well as  viability.

“We visited Gelegele community, relevant offices and locations and gathered information and data from various sources, including reports on previous assignments  commissioned by the Federal Government on Gelegele,” he said.

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