Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has sought the assistance of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to complete the state-owned three billion dollars deep seaport in Agge.
Diri who made the plea during a courtesy call on the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, stated that some construction firms are already jostling for the project.
Governor Diri said the seaport project would also provide job opportunities for many unemployed Nigerian youths. He said the state government was looking at a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement to drive the economy.
The governor however wanted NIMASA to assist in providing security as that was a challenge for the state in the maritime sector.
“We have issues of kidnapping, sea robbery and pirate attacks around Bayelsa waters. These are Maritime crimes. Please extend your region Maritime Domain Awareness facilities to the coastal state of Bayelsa.