Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa state has urged the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to partner the state government to a maritime academy in the Bayelsa state.

A statement by the Acting Chief Press Secretary of Bayelsa State, Mr Daniel Alabrah, tThe Governor made the call on Monday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir in Lagos.

He said the state had re-opened the process of establishing the academy and recognised the agency as central to actualising the project.

The governor also solicited the partnership of NIMASA in the development of the state’s deep seaport.

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Diri said his administration planned to tap into the wealth residing in the state’s maritime environment for the benefit of the nation.

The governor then called on the agency to clear wrecks on the waterways in the state as they posed a serious threat to vessels and result in accidents, especially at night.

The statement read in part: “This is the beginning of an improved relationship between NIMASA and the people of Bayelsa State.

“We are both bound by a common denominator, which is water. Bayelsa is a wholly riverine state with all its local governments and their headquarters accessible by river and rivulets,” it added.

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