Bayelsa partners with NIPC for tourism development
March 11 (THEWILL) – The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has expressed his administration’s commitment to working with the National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), to tap the investment potential in the state.
Senator Diri said this when he received a six-man delegation, led by NIPC Executive Secretary, Mr. Emeka Offor, at the government residence, Yenagoa, on Friday.
In a press release from his Chief Press Officer, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, Governor Diri identified some key projects that the state could partner with the NIPC to promote and attract investment.
He said that with Bayelsa having the longest coastline in the country, there are tourism benefits to be had from it and lamented the inaccessibility of the Brass local government area which hosts the Nigeria Agip Oil Company and other federal projects. strategic.
His words: “We have the longest coastline in the country. However, how did we use this advantage? How has the federal government helped us maximize this opportunity?
“A loan facility has just been approved by the State Assembly to enable us to begin construction of the Nembe-Brass road, a federal project, which has been on the drawing board for over 50 years.
“An area in which we also need your collaboration is the development of the deep water port of Agge, which would decongest Lagos and other ports in the country.
“We also have a five-star hotel started by outgoing President Dr Goodluck Jonathan when he was Governor of the State. My predecessor tried to do something about the project. We would like to partner with you to get investors to complete it and make it work.
Senator Diri said Bayelsa remains one of the most peaceful states in the country, with a functioning airport, and highlighted other efforts in infrastructure provision to make the state an investor-friendly state.
He urged the commission to set up its southern zonal office in Bayelsa, to liaise with the Bayelsa Investment Promotion Agency, BIPA.
In his remarks, NIPC Executive Secretary and Managing Director Mr. Emeka Offor said the commission had identified Bayelsa as one of the states to achieve quick results in its investment promotion drive.
Mr. Offor said that in view of the proposed Brass Fertilizer Plant and other strategic projects to be located in Bayelsa, the NIPC intends to initiate measures to actualize such projects for the establishment of jobs and wealth.
He said the commission plans to hold an investment summit this year and urged him to attend to showcase Bayelsa’s investment potential.