Gelegele seaport, modular refinery project’ll create jobs for Libyan returnees – Obaseki

There was jubilation in Gelegele Community of Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo state last Tuesday following the arrival of the Chinese firm, China Habour Engineering Company (CHEC) Ltd, the contractors engaged by the Edo state government, for the construction of the Gelegele Seaport project. The senior officials of the company arrived the ancient city last Tuesday to commence preliminary development.
The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, had three weeks ago in China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of Gelegele Seaport between the Edo State Government and China Habour Engineering Company (CHEC) Ltd. 
Though there had been tension in the community between the Benins and the Ijaws since the announcement for the construction of the Port by the state government, but Obaseki warned that government would deal decisively with anybody trying to derail the realisation of the project, which according to him, will not only create jobs for the youths of the state, but will open the community and the state at large to development and economic prosperity.
However, the Executive Director of the company, Jason Wang, led the team of engineers from the Chinese firm to begin the execution of the project with the development of a masterplan for the project, feasibility study and an in-depth assessment of the Gelegele Seaport Report submitted by the Greg Ero-led Technical Committee on the Actualisation of the seaport, to the state government.
Saturday Vanguard observed that when residents of the riverine community sighted the investors, it was celebration galore as they urged the governor not to relent in his effort.
Exactly 21 days ago, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd., the renowned marine engineering and port development company, which constructed over 90 percent of the seaports in China, signed an MoU with the Edo State Government to develop the Gelegele Seaport.
It was learnt that the company with over 90 branches and operating in about 100 countries across the world commenced operations in 1994, handling various projects in Nigeria – including Calabar, Warri ports and most recently, the $1billion Lekki Deep Seaport.
During the meeting with Governor Obaseki and other senior officials of the Edo State Government, Wang explained that apart from the Gelegele Seaport, his company will also carry out other infrastructural projects – including access roads and rail projects as well as the dredging of 35 nautical miles of the seaport.
Obaseki who expressed his joy over the arrival of the Chinese firm in the state, welcomed the members of the CHEC team and stressed that the speedy implementation of the MoU shows the commitment of both parties to the actualisation of the project.

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