From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo
A ferry service between Yaoundé in Cameroun and Akwa Ibom in Nigeria will soon take off, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has disclosed.
The governor, who gave the assurance during an interaction with Akwa Ibom community in Cameroun, said the ferry service would go through the Atlantic waterways to berth at Oron in Akwa Ibom State
The governor said the ferry service would put an end to incessant reports of boat mishaps with attendant casualties involving Nigerians engaged in legitimate businesses across the Atlantic ocean on regular basis, noting that the use of smaller private boats put the lives of passengers and operators at risk during their sea voyage.
Emmanuel said that appropriate modalities and discussions between the state ministry of transport and transnational agencies were in top gear for the commencement of the ferry services in no distant future
He noted with delight the existing cordial relationship between the people of Akwa Ibom State in Cameroun, their hosts and other nationals “ in spite of your language and cultural differences” and urged them to “sustain the mutual relationship and understanding for the enhancement of social and economic pursuits.
He enumerated some of his administration’s people-oriented projects towards transforming the lives of Akwa Ibomites, to the gathering.
In his address, the spokesman for the people of Akwa Ibom community in Cameroun Mr. Andrew Essien, expressed their appreciation to Governor Emmanuel for using the opportunity of his visit to interact with them, stating that his visit had given them “a deep sense of belonging and knowledge about development strides back home”.
Mr. Essien stated that the determination of the state government to embark on people-oriented policies and projects would reduce unemployment, poverty and boost the economy of the state.
He assured the governor that the people of Akwa Ibom in the Cameroun would continue to live in peace and harmony with their hosts and other nationals there, while relating closely with the home of government for sustainable development.
From Mfon Ekefre, Uyo