Former Abia Deputy Governor, Chris Akomas has decried the alleged abandonment of the Federal Government’s dry port (Inland Containers Depot) situated at Ntigha in Isialangwa North Local Government Area of the state.
Akomas, who said that he was instrumental to securing the large expanse of land for the project, expressed regrets that 17 years after the first groundbreaking ceremony, work had yet to begin on the project.
He spoke at an interactive session with members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Abia council at his Nenu country home in Obingwa LGA on Tuesday.
He said that the federal government’s inability to begin and complete the project had continued to deny the state the expected huge economic benefits.
Akomas, who confirmed his ambition to run for governorship on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, said that he would ensure the realisation of the project, if given the mandate.
“I will do everything possible to ensure that the project is realised when I become governor in 2019,” he said.
He expressed delight that federal government had paid 100 per cent compensation to the landowners.
The Federal Ministry of Transport took up the dry port, located on the Abia axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, in April 2006.