Barely two weeks after Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi in Abuja, Governor Dickson set the ball rolling for the Agge deep sea port project. Having received a word of assurance from the Minister to provide all the necessary approvals, the Governor inaugurated a 14 member Project Implementation Team for the Agge Seaport Development today.
The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to the smooth and prompt take-off of the Agge Deep Sea Port project noting that 15,000 hectares of land had already been acquired by the government and surveyed by the Nigerian Army Engineering Corps.
Governor Dickson expressed satisfaction with the land survey job and also announced the government’s intention to further engage them to survey another 15, 000 hectares for the development of the Agge Port City.
The committee is made up of experts was mandated to advise and monitor the technical developments arising from the project as well as propose a realistic time-frame of achievable milestones.
“All I want to see before the end of my tenure on the 14th of February 2020, is some commercial port-related activities in that seaport. That is why it has become necessary to put this team together. Already a lot of work has been done but going forward, it is the intention of the government to create a formal platform beyond this team either by way of a state corporation established by a bill that I intend to send to the State House of Assembly or, we get the Agge Seaport Development Company registered as a corporate entity to run the actual management of the assets of that company”.
The Governor expressed optimism that, the Federal Government would fulfil its promise of granting all necessary licenses for the project, and assured the investing public of the security of their lives and investment in the area.
According to the Governor, the state Government has decided to work closely with all security agencies to build a Forward Operations Base (FOB) to provide a robust security presence in Agge.
Responding, the Chairman of the Project Implementation Committee of the Agge Deep Seaport Development, Captain Warredi Enisuoh, highlighted the benefits associated with the project to include stimulation of socio-economic activities in the state.
Captain Enisuoh, who described the project as one of the best investments of the Dickson-led Administration, pledged that, the committee would do everything within its reach to actualise its mandate.
Members of the committee include the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor, his Lands and Survey counterpart, Hon. Kuroakegha Dorgu and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Ere Efeke.
Others are HRM King Frank Okoroakpo, Retired Major Lance Anyanya, Mr. Joseph Ambakederemo, Capt. Suona Offor (Rtd) and Mr. Godwin Konyefa as well as representatives of the Nigerian Army, Navy and the Ministries of Trade and Justice, with the Director of Works, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure as the secretary.