The Vision for Ibom
The Ibom Industrial City (IIC) will transform Akwa Ibom into a focal point for industry, trade and innovation. Local, regional and international investors will capitalise
on its strategic location which provides a new trade opportunity along Africa’s
This is encapsulated in the project vision:
“Ibom Industrial City, harnessing its strategic waterfront location, is envisaged to become an exemplar industrial city with a world-class deep-sea port, which will act as a gateway to West and Central Africa, attract global investment, foster innovation and act as a national and regional industrial and economic hub”.
The vision and economic development strategy for the IIC aligns with the Nigeria Vision 2020 Plan, Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan and Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP). The project will play a major role in delivering the outcomes of these strategic national and regional plans to advance social and economic development in Nigeria.
The project site covers 14,517 hectares to the south-east of Akwa Ibom State.
This area of Nigeria is dotted with oil extraction plants, the majority of which are located to the east along the Atlantic Coast of the Niger Delta Region, known as Nigeria’s largest oil and gas producing region.
There are several oil extraction plants, both offshore and on mainland, in close proximity to Akwa Ibom and the site, the most significant of which are Calabar and Port Harcourt. The country’s product pipeline network links several distribution depots and follows the existing railway routes. A pipeline traverses through Akwa Ibom, connecting Calabar and Aba via Ikot Ekpene.
The other predominant economic activities in the region are agriculture and fishing, with several small fishing villages scattered across the site and along the coast. The last survey conducted in 2010 identified 22 settlements located within the site boundary, 17 of which were on the mainland and only five on Tom Shot island.
Strategic Location of Ibom Industrial City
Major settlements across the State including Eket, Ikot Abasi, Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Oron and the state capital, Uyo are connected through
a series of expressways with links to national and international highways.
The Eastern Railway connecting Port Harcourt with Maiduguri is the only existing railway of significance prior to development of Ibom Industrial City. There are several road and rail expansion projects identified in the Nigeria Vision 2020 and Nigeria Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP) focussed on strengthening the rail network within this region.
The area surrounding Ibom Industrial City is characterised by dense vegetation with low relief, with the Site bounded by the Cross River State to the east and the Rivers and Abia States to the west. The site fronts the Atlantic Ocean to the south, with the Calabar Channel lying to the east of the site. A number of small creeks traverse the site in the east-west direction.
The Niger Delta Region Development Master Plan (2004) puts the population density in coastal Akwa Ibom at less than 100 people per square kilometre, with a low number of large settlements within coastal Akwa Ibom State. There exist a few well-established urban settlements located to the north of the site, the largest being Ibaka, Enwang and Unyehe, illustrated in the map below.
The nearest significant existing road connecting with Ibom Industrial City is the Oron-Ikot Abasi Road, approximately 15km from Ibom Industrial City. Studies to construct the Ibom Superhighway are presently being progressed, with the new Superhighway providing a direct link connecting the Ibom Industrial City with Oro and Uyo to the north and Eket to the west.
Site images are seen below:
Map of Existing Site and Surrounding Conditions
Site Imagery of Existing Conditions