The Akwa Ibom State government has said that Coronavirus is the reason for the delay in the commencement of work at the Ibom Blue Sea Science and Technology Park.

A statement issued on Tuesday, February 25 from the office of the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Iniobong Essien, has it that the project which is to be executed under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement between the State Government and the Blue Sea International holdings Limited of China was paused due to the travel ban placed on the core personnel handling the project who went for their new year vacation with the work plan and are yet to return.

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“Consequently, it only logically follows that due to this unexpected development, work on the project had to be put on hold while waiting for a medical breakthrough that will ameliorate the present spread of the viral infection and turn things around soon”, the statement reads.

The Commissioner however assured that they are “in constant touch with the management of the Chinese Firm and they have affirmed their readiness to commence work at the site as soon as coVID-19 has abated and travel restrictions lifted”.