*say’s it’ll complement Buhari’s 100m job for youth
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A traditional ruler from Bekekiri Community Akassa, Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, HRH King Ayubaemi Stephen has said that the existence of the Akassa Seaport is not in doubt, appealing to Federal Government and relevant agencies to reopen the port for the benefits of jobless Nigerian youth.
King Stephen who made the appeal in a phone chat with our correspondent over the weekend, expresseed surprise that some top government functionaries are doubting the existence of Akassa Seaport.
“Akassa Seaport will greatly provide various opportunities for jobless youth if the port is reopened for marinetime business in consonance with the promises made by President Muhammad u Buhari-led administration to create 100 million jobs for NIgerian youth.
Also in a letter addressed to the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, his counterpart from Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq and the Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, the monarch lamented the allegation of non existence of Akassa Seaport by some ministers.
Tracing the history, Stephen said Akassa Seaport’s existence dates back to February 1887 and October 1888.
He stated that Akassa Seaport was founded as principal depot of the Royal Niger Company and “situated at the mouth of the Nun River in the Niger Delta, upon an island bounded by landward side by the Sengana (Akassa) River. It’s position is longitude 6° 20′ 10″ E and Latitude 4° 20′ 0” N.
“The general character of the land in the neighbourhood is low and swampy, overgrown by mangrove trees.
“The station lies in a clearing close to the sea shore, being but three miles from the River bar, and about three miles from Cape Nun”, he stated.
The Monarch further explained that, “The river is 1 mile in width at the place. The observatory is distant 120 yards from the dwelling-house,the nearest building to it, and about three times of that, according to Russell- meteorological observations at Akassa Seaport at Niger territory in Akassa, Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, South-South Nigeria.”
He also enjoined those in doubt to Google “Results of Meteoroligical Observations Made at Akassa”, for further clarification and to prove the authenticity of his allegations.
“The above Google will give you more insight about the validity and confirmation of our findings,” he said.
He also emphasized that the existence of the Akassa Seaport as a minor port station in Bekekiri, Brass LGAs of Bayelsa State of Nigeria, is not in doubt, strongly appealing to the relevant ministries and agencies to use their good offices to support the reopening of Akassa Seaport.
“Indeed, we strongly believe that Akassa Port will provide countless jobs opportunity for jobless youths across the globe if it is reopened.