YENAGOA – The Bayelsa State Government is seeking the partnership and support of South Korea in areas of agricultural, maritime and infrastructure development of the state.
This was the outcome of a meeting between the state Governor Douye Diri and the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Kim Young-Chae, in Abuja on Friday.
Diri, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said that given its maritime similarity with Bayelsa, the state also needed the South Korean expertise and partnership in developing deep-sea fishing, aquaculture and rice cultivation.
He said the state was equally interested in partnership in education, science and technology as well as in oil and gas.
Diri said, “Bayelsa has huge potential in agriculture and marine resources. We seek foreign investment in aquaculture and deep-sea fishing. Our terrain is good for aquaculture to thrive as well as rice cultivation and production with the large expanse of land already in Peremabiri and Sampou.
“We are trying to revive the culture of farming in our state. The government is interested in commercial farming as against the culture of subsistence farming that a lot of our people engage in.
“The South Korean expertise is also required in the production of plastics, in science and technology and the oil and gas sector.”
The governor noted that such partnership would help in empowering youths of the state that would be given training in order to check youth restiveness and militancy.
In his remarks, the South Korean Ambassador, Kim Young-Chae, said that South Korea nationals work with Daewoo, which is located in Bayelsa, and other firms in different states of the Niger Delta.
The envoy, who invited a delegation from Bayelsa to the 2021 Korea oil and gas summit in November, said the state was among six states in Nigeria to benefit from the South Korea government-funded scholarship scheme.