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Agge Sea Port: Gov. Dickson Visits Amaechi

Amaechi and Dickson
Left: Gov Dickson, Right: Rt Hon Chibuike R. Amaechi, Minister of Transportation

The Bayelsa State Governor, Honorable Henry Seriake Dickson on Thursday, led a high-powered Bayelsa delegation to visit the Minister of Transport, Honorable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi to seek collaboration on the Deep Seaport in Agge, International Cargo Airport and Coastal Railway in Bayelsa State. The Governor urged leaders and government functionaries to always work for the good of country. He said once elections are over, political actors must close rank irrespective of party affiliations to work for the security and the development of the country.

While stressing that the Agge Deep Seaport will be viable, Governor Dickson said the Deep Seaport and the Airport will open up the state and make Bayelsa play an active role in the Gulf of Guinea since Bayelsa is on the tip of the Atlantic Ocean. The Deep Seaport is founded on a Public Private Partnership module and the Governor said his government had reached out to investors who have shown Keen interest in the project .

In his response, the Minister thanked the Governor for the visit and pledged to facilitate all outstanding approvals to fast-track the take off of the much awaited Agge Deep Seaport in Bayelsa. ” In line with the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business, the Minister said his Ministry would do all within its powers to ensure that the Agge Deep Seaport is brought to fruition. ” There is s presidential Directive on Ease of doing Business which makes it mandatory for us to treat all files before us within seven days. I can guarantee you all approvals in my Ministry to fast-track the actualization of the Agge Deep SeaPort. All you need to do is to look for the investors. We approved for Cross River State irrespective party affiliations and we shall do everything necessary to make sure that Agge Deep Seaport takes off because development doesn’t know party differences…”

On the Coastal Rail, Amaechi promised to look into it while promising to liaise with Minister of Aviation on the Governor’s request on the airport. The Minister also praised the Governor for providing infrastructure in his state in spite of the difficult terrain stressing that in Bayelsa, there is water everywhere, there is no upland.