Norfin Shipyard: Nigerians Hail Gov Emmanuel’s Investment Drive

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Nigerians across several parts of the country have continued to hail last week’s unveiling of a multi-billion naira ship manufacturing company and a 9 meter security vessel in the state.

Governor Udom Emmanuel commissioned the shipyard and the new vessel owned by Norfin Offshore Shipyard in Oruk-Anam on Saturday, January 30, causing massive outpour of emotions by several Nigerians on the various online media channels.

A popular online interacting forum and  news blog with large followership within and outside the country, Nairaland records a large chunk of reactions to the maritime transport development in Akwa Ibom state.

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Majority of them commended Governor Emmanuel for his focused and visionary leadership qualities in the past 5 years which has attracted several private sector investments into the state, given the secure and business friendly environment he has created.

A user name, ‘Mama afrik’ Akan, paschal j4, atarapa and ‘gungab’ all praised the Governor for his public -private partnership initiative. They noted that the presence of the shipyard in the state will create jobs for the people of the state and described it as a welcome development.

While hailing the investment, one of the commentators by name, GiantPlushub noted; “Keep it coming and shame your haters, set the pace for others…”

A username with the handle, ”Monimatic (m)” said “Correct Governor. First he started with Ibom Air, now Norfin Offshore Shipyard. God bless the man”.

Mamaafrik wrote; “As far as I’m concerned, this man is the best performing Governor in the South, I stand to be corrected. Where are my South-West people?”.

A user namePaschal j4 wrote; “Nice one from the best performing Governor in the whole  South region”.

While Emelcee wrote”It is a welcome development. There will be massive employment. God bless Governor Udom Emmanuel”.

Unveiling the facility, Governor 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.