Ondo maritime potentials excite foreign investors

By Ololade Justin, Akure


A global consortium in maritime equipment manufacturing, Normrock Industries Inc has described Ondo State as a destination of choice to accelerate waterway transportation in Nigeria.

The enormous potentials of the sunshine state according to the Team Leader of Normrock Industries Inc, Mr Jimmy Grant, a Briton, informed the company’s decision to open discussions with the government again after over 10 years of its first attempt.

Mr Grant expressed confidence that the current efforts of his firm to invest in the development of the maritime sector would be beneficial to the people, rewarding to his company and worthwhile for the State Government.

Business Capacity
Ike Ezekwe from the Normrock Industries Inc. appreciated the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for having the interest of his people at heart through his passion for the exploration of the abundant resources in the state.

Mr Ezekwe promised that the foreign firm would be a worthy partner with the State Government at enlarging the industrial base of the state.

He described the Amphibex 400E machine bought by the State Government as the best waterways dredging machine in the world.

Capacity of Amphibex Machine
Assuring the Governor on the capacity of Amphibex Machine to undertake marine excavation, underwater cable laying, dredging and aquatic plant control, Mr Ezekwe said that ”water transportation in Ondo state would soon come alive.”

He said ”during the stay of Normrock officials in Ondo State, the equipment would be installed for operations and State Government engineers would also be trained on its handling.”

Easy access and traffic congestion
On the proposed Development of Inland Seaport at Alape River, a Nigerian with the consortium, Mr Olusegun Balogun explained that by the time the Alape River dredging comes up, it would ensure easy access and traffic congestion to Lagos port.

“By the time the proposed Aiyetoro Seaport takes off, all the projects would serve as catalyst not only for socioeconomic development, job creation but attract a lot of investments into the state,” he added.

According to the Governor Akeredolu, “necessary studies have been completed on the port and all necessary documents have been submitted to the appropriate authorities, maintaining that, it was declaration that was left.”

Improving economy
He emphasised that the project was part of his  government’s vision to improve the economic colouration of the state, and also assured the team of his administration’s readiness to give them 100 per cent support to ensure the success of the project.

Governor Akeredolu also urged the experts to help resuscitate the amphibious excavator so that it could be used to dredge the water ways across the state to address problem of flooding in some parts of the state.


Mercy Chukwudiebere