By Emma Amaize
THE people of Agge community in Bayelsa State have written to Governor Seriake Dickson, saying they learned of the state Government’s bold plan to establish a Deep Seaport in the community on the pages of newspapers.
Traditional ruler of the community, HRH D.G Isiayei and six others, in the letter to the governor, said: “Your Excellency, it is important to inform you that the Agge people have only learned about this mouth-watering Agge Deep Seaport Project from the pages of the newspaper, from its conception to the stage of commencing operation in 2020.”
Though the community immensely appreciated the project, it said, “In a capsule, we have not been carried along. We have been treated as total strangers to the project, while we shall be the people to provide the land for this laudable project.
“In fact, it is from the newspapers we read that the Bayelsa State Government paid the sum of N230, 000,000.00 to Scot Wilson Arap for consultancy on the project.’’
Raising other parts of the project, in which they were not carried along, they continued: “We also read that in 2013 that you directed the Commissioner for Land and Survey to carry out enumeration of the lands to be affected by the Agge Deep Seaport Project for the payment of fair and adequate compensation.”