About 13 locations have been visited by a team from the Bayelsa State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the African Atlantic Gulf of Guinea Fisheries (AAGGF) to select suitable locations across the three senatorial zones for the massive aquaculture projects coming to Bayelsa State. The team led by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. David Alagoa and Prince Patrick Osobase of AAGGF, visited different river and sea sides at Swali, Ox-bow Lake in Yenagoa, and River Nun by Sampou, Kaiama and Odi communities. The visit to these locations followed the recent tour to Greece by a delegation led by Senator Douye Diri, the governor of Bayelsa State, to see and appreciate the various projects to be replicated on Bayelsa soil and water.
The state government had in June 2021 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AAGGF to facilitate the commencement of the multi-billion-naira project from the European fishing consortium that includes some Nigerian firms for them to set up 300-hectares offshore aquaculture farm, 20,000-metric tonnes capacity fish processing plant and a boat building yard in the state.
The commissioner for agriculture and natural resources, David Alagoa, who spoke in an interview after the three-day visit said the entire state and Nigerians were waiting for the takeoff of this life-changing experience and that the governor is very excited at the economic boost and creation of about 4,000 jobs coming through the projects. Eagle Online