The government and people of South Korea have indicated the willingness to partner the Bayelsa State government for the development of critical infrastructure in the state. The Korean Ambassador, Kim Young-Chae, appreciated the Bayelsa governor for the visit.
Young-Chae who hosted the state governor in Abuja said Bayelsa was hospital to South Korea nationals who work with Daewoo and other firms in that state. He said his country was not only ready to work with the government to develop the state, but to also have its officials attend the 2021 Korea Oil and Gas Summit in November this year.
At the visit, Diri had sought the partnership of South Korea in areas of agricultural, maritime and infrastructure development of the state.
A statement by Mr. Daniel Alabrah, spokesman of the governor quoted him as saying that the state was equally interested in partnership in education, science and technology as well as in oil and gas.
His words: “The purpose of this meeting is to explore areas of economic partnership and seek the expertise of South Korea in developing our state and its economy.
“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.
“Our administration is taking deliberate steps to open up the state. This can be done through massive road construction and development of infrastructure, including how to control the perennial flooding in our state. We seek your partnership and expertise too in this area.”
Diri 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.