The Bayelsa State government announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with a European fishing consortium in a move that would provide a significant uptick in the state’s agricultural sector. The MOU with the consortium, Africa Atlantic Gulf of Guinea Fisheries, which includes some Nigerian firms, was facilitated by the Federal Government through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Niger Delta, Senator Ita Enang. At the ceremony in Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Douye Diri said that the deal would generate employment for no fewer than 4,000 youths with 2,500 to be trained in fish farming.
The chief press secretary to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, on Thursday quoted the governor as assuring the consortium of his administration’s support and expressed the hope that the MOU would translate into a workable contractual agreement.
The governor said, “Two thousand five hundred youths will be trained. Lecturers from the University of Patras in Greece will train youths from Bayelsa and graduates from the training will be awarded European Union-standard certification. This is an international certification and it enables you to work anywhere in the world.”
“Very importantly, what we have just witnessed is that this will lead to the creation of 4,000 jobs and from their roadmap, that would be just in the first year. We are also going to have boat building yards, trawlers and fish processing plants of over 20,000-metric tonne capacity and 300-hectare offshore aquaculture farm.” Punch