BAYELSA ECONOMY WILL RECEIVE MAJOR BOOST WITH THE COMPLETION OF AIR AND SEAPORT PROJECTS ….GOV DICKSON
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson says the economy of Bayelsa State will be greatly enhanced with the completion of the ongoing Airport project at Wilberforce Island and the Deep Seaport at Agge in Ekeremor Local Government Area.
The Governor, who stated this in a chat with newsmen in Yenagoa, explained that, the seaport project would commence as soon as paper works and other important details were completed.
According to him, to fully harness the economic potentials of the two major projects, it was expedient to have a road linking the airport and the deep sea port to serve as a means of transportation for goods and services to both terminals as a complementary component.
He noted that, this critical factor also informed the decision to site both projects on the same axis as well as the completion of the Toru-Ebeni Bridge, which will be very critical to the operations of the air and sea ports.
Governor Dickson disclosed that, investors from different parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Europe, have indicated interest in the Agge Deep Seaport Project, with discussions already in progress with some of the interested Countries and groups.
His words: “The Agge Deep Seaport project is a very serious project embarked upon by our government. We appointed the World’s best in that sector and the Deputy Governor is responsible in harmonizing the issues that are involved. I know they have gone very far, but they are liaising with the Federal Ministry of Transport, as ports are on the exclusive list.”
“You know, I have spoken about the projects in London, South Africa and everywhere and so investors are keying in. But, we want to get the paper work ready. That is why the road to Agge is important, because you can’t have a port there without a road that will evacuate what you will produce”
He explained that, the contract for the road from Ekeremor to the Agge Deep Sea port is valued at One Hundred Billion Naira, stating that, the State was also liaising with the Federal Ministry of Transport on the Seaport project, which is on the exclusive list of the Federal Government, while talks with interested foreign financiers were also being stepped up.
The Bayelsa State Governor, who underscored the importance of a good road network and infrastructural base across the State, pointed out that, even as the road from Ekeremor to Agge Seaport is to gulp up to a hundred billion naira, the present period was clearly one of the best times to build infrastructures for an emerging viable economy like Bayelsa.
Preparatory to the commencement of construction work at the Deep Seaport and the expected rise in activities, he announced the acquisition of about 20,000 hectares of land around the port area, to build a port city, while also hoping that, the Federal Government could declare the area ‘a Free Trade Zone’.