Bayelsa State Government and the China State Construction Company are exploring ways of collaboration in the development of critical infrastructure with a view to stimulating economic growth in the state.
Speaking in a meeting with representatives of the China State Construction Company, Governor Seriake Dickson outlined major areas of partnership with the Company to include, Construction of the Nembe-Brass road as well as a light rail lines to link Brass and Agge in Ekeremor Local Government Area where the proposed deep sea port is to be located.
Governor Dickson observed that the provision of modern communication and transport facilities in Brass and Agge was to take advantage of the huge potentials in oil and gas resources which abound in those areas as well as link the communities to Yenagoa, the state capital and other commercial cities in the country.
He stressed the need to study the terms and conditions of the memorandum of understanding in line with government’s vision and desire to address major challenges confronting the state especially in the construction of the 3 senatorial roads and bring about rapid socio-economic development. Governor Dickson also pointed out that, his administration was desirous of establishing partnership with the private sector to create job opportunities, build skills and to promote entrepreneurial skills as government alone cannot provide the necessary social security for its citizens.
This he said was the reason why government was creating an enabling environment and a platform for investment promotion and described the China State Construction Company’s offer of partnership as a vote of confidence on the new Bayelsa.
Expressing Government’s determination to work with the Company, the Governor underscored his administration’s preference for development partners with the requisite expertise and financial muscle rather than contractors to accelerate the pace of growth and prosperity of the state.
Responding, Vice President of the China State Construction Company, Mr. Yu Zhende said he shares the vision of Governor Dickson to harness the state’s resources particularly in the oil and gas sector. Mr. Zhende expressed his Company’s intention to develop a petrochemical plant which has the capacity to create 100,000 employment opportunities.