Suspected militants on Monday attacked amenities on the new Norfin Offshore Shipyard situated on the boundary shoreline of Ikot Ukpong in Oruk Anam Native Authorities Space of Akwa Ibom State.
This adopted the corporate’s alleged incapacity to allegedly settle them with the sum of N20m.
The assaults, it was gathered, led to the postponement of the commissioning of the shipyard initially billed for January 23, 2021 to January 30, by the Governor Udom Emmanuel
The armed males, it was additional gathered, reportedly arrived on the yard at about 5am, shot sporadically to scare off safety employees across the website earlier than unleashing their explosives into the multimillion naira dredging facility of the corporate.
Chairman of the ability, Engr. Iniekong Charles Udonwa, who briefed newsmen on the website, condemned the injury performed to amenities on the shipyard by the suspected militant group from Ogoni a part of Rivers State.
In keeping with Udonwa, “they mentioned we can not begin any enterprise with the federal government of Akwa Ibom with out settling them.
“They saved telling our employees to inform the federal government of Akwa Ibom to succeed in out to them since they’re answerable for each Rivers and Akwa Ibom States. The place do they count on me to get N20m naira from to provide them after destroying our machine value N60 million?”
He mentioned he felt discouraged and demoralised by the incident including that he was considering taking his funding elsewhere.
“The funding was borne out of my want to contribute to the event of the State by offering employment alternatives for her teeming youths.
“On the final rely, over 100 employees are working on the Shipyard with 4 of them from neighbouring Rivers State.” He mentioned.
Engr. Udonwa appealed for a immediate intervention from the State authorities to forestall a recurrence of the ugly incident.
He nonetheless mentioned the choice to postpone the date of the launch was regrettable and apologize for the inconveniences.