Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba
Prof. Greg Ibe, founder of Gregory University Uturu, Abia state, has observed that developing a seaport in the South-East region of Nigeria will help decongest Lagos ports, as well as deepen the economy of the region.
He urged the federal government to support Abia state government in its quest to develop the seaport at Obeaku, also known as the “Slave Seaport” which, according to him, has one of the deepest shorelines in Nigeria.
Ibe, while hosting members of the Aba Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, on a visit to the university at the weekend, commended the federal ministry of transportation, for utilising the Onitsha seaport, noting that it would reduce pressure on Lagos ports, as well as cost on transportation of goods to the South-East region.
In his words, “seaport will actually improve our economy. Assuming we have a seaport here, ships will be coming in bringing aviation fuel; people will start developing tank farms. Those tank farms will create jobs for our people, especially youths.
“Everywhere will change and the economy will grow. Companies will come in. Housing estates will rise and life will become more reasonable” he stated.
He explained that his interest in setting up a university in Uturu, his community, was to equip the younger generation with entrepreneurial skills to be able to stand on their own without asking for white collar jobs.
According to Ibe, any student that comes to Gregory University, must leave with, at least, two skills.
Ibe, who was elated at the recent visit of officials of the United Nations to the institution, revealed that the UN, had approved the university, as the first transformative education centre in Africa.