Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson has assured prospective investors that commercial port activities would commence at the Agge Deep Seaport in Ekeremor Local Government Area before the end of his administration.
Dickson gave the assurance while inaugurating a 14-member Project Implementation Committee for the Development of the Agge Deep Seaport at Government House in Yenagoa.
He said that the government had already acquired and surveyed 15,000 hectares of land for the construction of the seaport.
Dickson, who expressed satisfaction with the survey of the land by the Nigerian Army Engineering Corps, however, said the government “intends to further engage them to survey another 15, 000 hectares for the development of the Agge Port City.”
He described the Committee as a team of experts with a mandate to advise and monitor technical developments that might arise from the project.
According to the Governor, the Committee was expected to come up with a realistic time-frame for achieving the state government’s set goals.
“All I want to see before the end of my tenure on the 14th of February 2020 is that some commercial port-related activities should have started in that seaport. That is why it has become necessary to put this team together.
“Already, a lot of work have been done. But going forward, it is the intention of this government to create a formal platform beyond this team, either by way of a state corporation which will be 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 that will run the actual management of the assets of that company,” Dickson said.
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 investments in the area.