Bayelsa and a European consortium sign a fisheries agreement to employ 4,000 people
The Bayelsa state government on Thursday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with a European fisheries consortium, which would allow a significant increase in the state’s agricultural sector.
The MoU with the Africa Atlantic Gulf of Guinea Fisheries consortium, which includes some Nigerian companies, was facilitated by the federal government through the President’s Senior Special Assistant on the Niger Delta, Senator Ita Enang .
During the ceremony at Government House in Yenagoa, Governor Douye Diri said the agreement would generate employment for as many as 4,000 young people, 2,500 of whom will be trained in fish farming.
Bayelsa State Governor Chief Press Secretary Daniel Alabrah on Thursday quoted the governor assuring the consortium of his administration’s support and expressed hope that the MoU would translate into a deal. viable contract.
Diri said: âI like to take this opportunity to call on our young people to say that even if we preach prosperity, it would not be money flying out of the sky. Prosperity would be by what we did and young people should seize this opportunity as the benefits are huge for our state.
âTwo thousand five hundred young people will be trained. Lecturers from the University of Patras in Greece will train young people from Bayelsa and the graduates of the training will receive certification according to European Union standards. This is an international certification that allows you to work anywhere in the world.
âVery important, what we just witnessed is that this will lead to the creation of 4,000 jobs and from their roadmap, it would only be the first year.
âThey are also going to have shipbuilding yards, trawlers and fish processing plants with a capacity of over 20,000 metric tonnes and a 300 hectare offshore aquaculture farm.
“This is what this prosperity government has preached, calling on our people to get into agriculture and aquaculture because we are a state sitting on Nigeria’s fishbelt.”
Bayelsa’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Commissioner David Alagoa said the agreement with AAGGF specified that 50 percent of the catch would be sold domestically while the remaining 50 percent would go to the export.
Enang said the deal would earn foreign exchange, protect the Nigerian currency, train and employ citizens in lucrative businesses, and provide food for Nigerians.
He thanked Diri and members of the state’s executive council for making what he described as a leap forward in Nigeria beyond the federal government’s oil project.
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