The proposed agriculture project in Bayelsa State has become a subject of controversy following speculations that the company in charge of the project may be deceiving the government with intent to defraud it.
Two youths in the state; Messrs Fortune Godson Alfred and McClint Ebiede had in series of Facebook posts alleged that the said company, African Atlantic Gulf of Guinea Fisheries (AAGGF) is non-existent.
According to them with a N1 million share capital, the AAGGF is not worth dealing with by the state government, adding that there is nothing that depicts their claim of being a European consortium.
Reacting, Spokesman to Governor Douye Diri, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, described as untrue the allegations and went further to provide a certified copy of the company’s registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
Alabrah took time to explain the contents of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the company and stated that as a government, they will not jump into a business deal without the necessary checks to ascertain the genuineness.
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He recalled that the governor had to personally lead a team to Greece, to see for himself part of the plans proposed in the MoU, adding that the interest of the present administration is to ensure economic prosperity for the people.
The governor’s spokesman condemned the desperate attempt to ruin the programme, saying those behind it have failed and assured that when the project kicks off, they will hide their faces in shame.
Meanwhile, Mr. Georgious Goulas, a top European investor with the AAGGF, has hinted that the European consortium is bringing massive investments into Bayelsa.
According to him, the group is set to build a robust agro-and maritime economy that will generate over 4,000 job opportunities in the state.
Mr. Goulas, who spoke through an interpreter, said he was excited that the Bayelsa environment was most suited for the massive fisheries business and that such a project would have a value chain effect to trigger ambitious economic activities for the people.