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CITING presidential order, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has directed the management of LADOL Integrated Logistics to relocate its ongoing $500million fabrication and integrated yards project in Takwa Bay within Apapa pilotage area in Lagos State to Aggey, Bayelsa State.

But the company’s management described the directive as “shocking’’ and out of tone with the agreement it entered into with its technical partners and the federal government.

The one paragraph letter was dated April 27, 2015, and signed by NPA’s General Manager (Capital Project), A.R. Mohammed, on behalf of the Managing Director.

It was titled: “Re: Joint Venture Partnership with Samsung Heavy Industries for the USD$500 Million development of fabrication and integration yards for EGINA and Future Projects”.

The letter read: “Please, be informed that Mr President has via PRESS/S9/MT/212 of April 20, 2015 approved that the FPSO (Floating Production Storage & Offloading) project can be located at Agge, Bayelsa State when the facilities to handle such operations are developed. In addition, the project can be conveniently located at any dedicated Oil and Gas Terminal”.

Meanwhile, the President, according to NPA, has approved that henceforth; all oil and gas related cargoes must be handled only at the designated terminals in Onne, Warri and Calabar ports.

The directives signed on behalf of NPA Managing Director by General Manager (M&O), A.A. Goje, said: “In view of this, vessels coming to Nigeria with oil & gas related cargo excluding petroleum products are advised to first go to the appropriate NPA concessioned terminals to be cleared by customs and other relevant authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines among others”.

The directive also advised owners of such vessels to pay necessary dues/charges and obtain releases “before proceeding to locations for final discharge, including those meant for LADOL.

Reacting to the development, yesterday, the Managing Director of LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi said the company was shocked by the development.

She explained that it would send wrong signals to private investors and foreign technical partners, pointing out that a lot of resources have been deployed to put the facilities in place.


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77 Comments
  • ibrahim bashir

    This is a welcome ideology though. But before this came to minds, what possible actions do the government have in place to tackle piracy and oil theft in the area. Therefore. To be precise, it will be secured for all imported and exported goods to be cleared at a centered port were we are sure of its security in and out of the country provided the government is doing things for the masses selflessly.

    • Charles chukwu

      The fact remains that Lagos is over-congested. Whether GEJ took the decision 5 years ago or now, it makes zero difference. Bayelsa is also Nigeria, and Lagos should not have the monopoly of having all major Government projects. Other towns exist apart from Lagos. Has anybody gone to Apapa lately? The traffic there is horrible. In fact, no major project should be sited in Lagos if we dont want to worsen the traffic situation. As for the morbid hatred of the yorubas and Housas for Ndigbo, the reason is obvious. They are scared of the energy and industry of the Igbo man. It was that fear that made them not allow the igbos to secede when Igbos wanted to. This is the simple truth whether they accept it or not. If the igbos had been allowed to secede, by now, they Yorubas and housas would have been coming to look for work in Biafra. Of course we would have given them visas to Biafra… The Igbo man is generous at heart, becuase the ‘cake’ that we will bake would have been enough for all. I am confident this will still happen even if takes 1000 years.

      • Afariogun2345

        How many other tribes do you employ in Ladipo second hand spare part nuisance market and ASPAMDA but Yorubas employ Igbos in their industries and ministries. A nation of noise makers.

  • iloani

    Any thing done to decongest Lagos sea port is a welcome one.

    • Layi Niyi

      If the decision is taken in good faith, Iloani.

      • iloani

        Until proven otherwise, people of faith must assume so.

  • Olusola Oyeniyi

    PDP is a docile government and this is a belated approach .Anyway it is too late for PDP to cry when its head was already cut off .Good bye PDP till we meet and to always part .Why Bayelsa where Ijaws will see it as their personal property with Clark and Asari in place ? Well this is the brick, brimstone and the antics of the out going president so that his people can welcome him back home .

    • ewucanbeer

      The same way Yorubas see everything in Lagos as theirs? The igbos have more property per capita (adjusting for population and distance From home) than even the indigenes. A race of cowards, watch and be marginalized by the Northern oligarchy. The north sees you as a fair weather friend and know you will abandon them like you abandoned the Igbos during the 1960s genocide of my people. A race that lacks principles.

      • Nancy George

        The same cowards ensured that your Biafra became a still-born by ensuring your total defeat and your warlord became a fugitive in Ivory Coast for years.These same cowards have been in opposition for years and they have been doing well and your people have always been aligning with these Northerners despite the fact that they kill you every year.The only time you will be in opposition you’re already jittery even though you have not started yet.All those capitals you have in Laos why don’t you take them to your Biafra….Get a life and stop blaming everybody for your misfortunes.

        • yitzkh

          So true……Lol

        • james_grim_teacher

          Please leave that guy abeg. The Ibos are the only cowards in Nigeria. They were not there during the fight for Independence (zik was a lagos boy) they were not there during the fight for democracy, they will not be there when sacrifice is required in anything yet they want to share spoils. An un-idealistic race want political respect and want to share perquisites of political power they have not worked for. God keeps asking them, where is your sacrifice, where is the social conscience, where are the prison terms, where is the blood shed for others, where is the forceful exile endured to set one’s people free? .These are the hard questions, …This is the world of politics, we are not importing containers here , neither are we doing spare parts trading. We are fighting to create a better future for our children and for their future we give our today. Even all these words are already confusing them. SMH

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          • emmanuel kalu

            whoa a bunch of people yapping what they clearly don’t know about.

          • Hyginus Nnadi

            Igbos do not run away from war, the stand to face whatever trouble that comes to them, unlike your coward yoruba race that makes lots of noise but run away when it gets to war, recall what happened during the Abatcha and the June 12 era, all the yoruba elites went into exile, it was only the igbo members of NADECO that stayed back in nigeria to confront Abacha, people like, Ndubisi Kalu, Ekwueme, etc. but when Abacha died, they all returned and started claiming to be hereos of democracy, they even betrayed Ekwueme, the only man that had the courage to face Abacha and told him to step down and restore peace in Nigeria, what a people, but it only amounts to foolishness when a yoruba man talk as though he is more enlightened or educated than the igbos, the so called Nigerian inventors in America and all over the world are no other people than the igbos, in Nigeria, the first university chancellors of both UNILAG and UI were igbo men. over time and space, l have come to realise that the yorubas are not naturally brilliant people.

          • Nancy George

            The first lawyer in Nigeria Chief Sapara Williams was called to the bar in 1855, he was a Yoruba man, Igbos did not produce a lawyer until 1937 when Louis Mbanefo became a lawyer..The first medical doctor in Nigeria, Dr Alakija was a Yoruba man, he became an MD in 1875..The Igbos didn’t produce an MD until 1937 when Akanu Ibiam became a Medical Doctor. Lagos had a telephone line inaugurated in 1886 ever before Nigeria came into existence and had the first post office in 1856.And you guys will open your odor filled mouth to say you developed Lagos.Why developing Lagos, why didn’t you develop Enugu or Mbaise or Onitsha.The people that you called cowards have never been defeated in war whether in the 18th century when they sent the rampaging Fulani warriors back to the North at the battle of Ikirun or in the 20th century when they sent the mad dogs from Igboland back to their Biafra at the battle of Ore.As I said the Igbos have always aligned with the North politically, what have you got to show for it.The “cowards Yoruba people have always been in opposition but their land is more receptive, more beautiful, more educated and more prosperous to the extent that your “technologically minded Igbo can’t live in their own land except in the land owned by the “cowards”.You should stay in your land and invest in your land.Your Igbo people are known all over the world for their fraudulent activities.

        • Ori e pe ( your head is correct)

        • Hyginus Nnadi

          You are so ignorant of even your own history, Igbos are very dynamic people and will always succeed anywhere they found themselves, today, it is only among the igbos that you can find the middle class in Nigeria, they have the super rich and also millions of middle class millionaires, unlike the yorubas and the hausas, you are either rich through stealing of government money or you are poor ( eg. Tinubu,Obasanjo, etc. ) many of them resort to extortion because they are lazy and lack ingenuiety, it is unfortunate that the yorubas always claim that Lagos belong to them, but they forgot that Lagos was delveloped with the commomwealth of Nigeria, right from the colonial period, and the statehood of lagos was only a booty of the civil war, Gowon did it to lure the yorubas to join the north in the war against Biafra, but it is not much of an advantage to the yorubas because it only provided a precedence for the north to claim Abuja someday as a state in the north, it is only a matter of time, on the issue of biafra, you should know that Biafra was a valuable experience not lost, if the war was left between the combined strenght of the yorubas and the north, Biafra would have triumphed, but for the assistance they got from britain, Russia, USA, and all the Arab nations, does it not baffle you that inspite of all the powerful nations that fought on the nigerian side Biafra withstood them for three whole years with highly sophistaced weapons produced by the Biafrans? with all the super powers supplying weapons to the Nigerian side, does it not shame you that almost 50 years after the war, Biafra remained technologically and scientifically above the Nigeria of today, what then is the benefit of fighting and wasting precious lives on both sides? Many in the southeast and the south-south and indeed in Africa still feel nostalgic about Biafra that would have been the Japan of Africa, today, the yorubas and the hausas have dragged everybody to remain stagnant with them because they are a lazy and retarded people, and that is why they can not survive if the igbos decides to leave lagos, who will make money for them to survive? they have no idea how to make money only how to spend in owambe, today thier women are queing up to marry Igbo men while their men will do anything to win the love of the igbo women because they realise that that is the only way that thier lives can change for better.

          • ASH ASSET

            DYNAMIC ARMED ROBBER AND KIDNAPPER

          • Afariogun2345

            And Drug dealer, Ex convicts from foreign lands being state governors only exist in the East. I forgot Otokoto ritualists. Noise makers every where they go in the world creating nuisance to their hosts. What ingenuity from igbos exist when they are sole sales men for factories in China, Malaysia and other Asian countries. Importation of containers of items funded mainly from drug money repatriation and other money laundry activities.

          • Agubanze

            Ooh tinubu is now an Igbo man? Kashanmu an Igbo man? Baba suwe an Igbo man? U know the truth dat most of ur so called leaders are drug barons.

        • ewucanbeer

          We have no misfortunes. I lived in Igbo land and the average Igbo person does not even know yorubas exist. you are inconsequential to our existence. I just hate cowardice.

        • Boma

          Even a woman playing tribalism.. Lagos is not for Yoruba people period.. The Yorubas migrated from OYO ANAGO empire to Lagos.

      • Afariogun2345

        @ewucanbeer:disqus You displayed no intelligence at all except vindictiveness. If you say the Yoruba are a nation of cowards, then your tribe the Igbos are a nation of people without self esteem. Of course the Igbos pride them selves in their drug laden assets and priding themselves as traders which of course in the real sense translates to just being salesmen to Asian nations production lines funded by drug dealing. All over the world, Igbo Youths are in jail or on death row mainly for crimes such as armed robbery and drug dealing. what a pity for a ‘brave ‘ nation called NDIGBO.

        • Hyginus Nnadi

          Are you not aware that yorubas are among those executed in Indonesia for drug offenses? when we talk of corruption in Nigeria, who are the civil servants and government executives? they are yorubas, they are the ones stealing Nigeria blind, the igbos are hard working people who believe in working to create wealth, thay trade and also have the ingenuiety to manufacture, go to Aba and Onitcha and see for yourself, how Aba and Onitcha made goods are being exported to many African countries, dont let your envy to make you folish.

          • Afariogun2345

            Eze Ndigbo of Australia has just recently been jailed. Drug dealers arrested this week paraded on national Tv in one of the eastern states while parceling cocain for export.

          • imagine_2012

            You have a drug baron as a senator and even your chief political pilot Tinubu has ties to drugs.

        • ewucanbeer

          I’m an Engineering lecturer. the only person ever shot by your new master (buhari) for drug trafficking was a yorobber man! who are thre drug traffickers? Lanre Shittu, Okoya Thomas.

          • Afariogun2345

            Engineering lecturer? you think like illiterate.

      • james_grim_teacher

        Jonathan has killed the Egina project by this move. This is executive recklessness on a massive scale and is not achievable. LADOL is not going to develop facilities to fabricate offshore structures for a multi billion dollar project in Bayelsa at the last minute. This gov t should stop distracting itself, people are watching. The town’s in Bayelsa are not even safe and this is just going to double the cost of this project because of the need to acquire new capital equipment and provide security and logistics. Bayelsa needed to have had these projects and many more on ground within the five years that this government has been in power so why was this not done until the last minute. I notice a mocking tone in the note from NPA to LADOL, knowing the order was without legal effect but just sending information anyway to fulfilling all righteousness.The NPA Chairman is new on seat as well and everything looks like a series of Jack Daniels and Hennessey fuelled decisions taken by one harassed but powerful force holder looking back five years and wishing he could redo and undo.

        • New Nigerian

          …just disregard the confusing directive. We are not in a zoo and we are people of laws – contracts have been signed. Let him look for another thing for his lovely Bayelsa!

        • Fred A E

          “the town’s in Bayelsa are not even safe and this is just going to double the cost of this project because of the need to acquire new capital equipment and provide security and logistics”… I agree with the timing as it is late, talking about security I think BY is currently one of the most peaceful states. I am working in a Multi Million Dollar gas gathering facility under construction without any case of violence from the host communities. So I’ll take you on the area of Security.

      • Citizen

        Ewucanbeer, retrospectively, if you analyse Nigeria geopolitical functions , you can not but appreciate the understanding and respect that exist between the north and the south west.
        Given a fair electoral play field, and from cultural and traditional perspective, South Westerners are progressive in nature. They believe in adopting legal and legitimate courses of action to resolve issues and get justice done.

        You may recall that the same South West that is now being blackmailed and perceived by South East to have plotted GEJ ousting, was the same region that overwhelmingly stood by GEJ and clamoured for constitutional dictates to be justifiably implemented for GEJ to become president after the demise of HE Yard ardua.

        It is imperative to question your understanding of what actually connotes cowardice. Is it the region’s resolve to keep the country together? Is is it the fact the region has a child , who was part of the positive force that defeated an overbearing and over ambitious region in a battle to keep the nation as one? Is it because the region has been privileged to have led the country on two occasions? Is it because the region officers in Nigeria army do not know to embark on wanton assassination of our founding leaders for clandestine and unrealistic ambition that will ever plague region of those dissidents who were motivated by sheer blood thirst and selfish ambition?

        • ewucanbeer

          You are obviously a damned fool! The north does not trust you, you are seen as two-faced. Where is Tinubu? what happened to Oladipo Diya? when will you fools learn? The Biafran war was fought because Nigeria (Northern and yorobber accomplices) carried out a genocide against the Igbos. October 29th 1966, my cousin was cut out of his mother’s womb at 6 months gestation, and smashed to the ground by northern bastards. I call yorubas cowards because you would not have fought if you were my uncle. we fought and held on for 30 months. we do not think you ousted GEJ. he was voted out, and he is NOT Igbo, he is ijaw. Those people who assassinated currupt founding leaders were executed, so it is not the reason we fought.
          I should not have replied you because you are clearly a fool, but you may just be misguided.

      • Layi Niyi

        your lack of intellectual education is the bane of your backwardness, little did you know what you really worth economically. When others are silent about their billion, a little thousand in the pocket of your country men is enough to insults your former headmaster in the village.

        • Agubanze

          Atleast they strive to survive in a very modest way. You are not saying anything about your owo da brodas at every bus stop. Your agbo carrying wives seen on every Yoruba City sweating, your sisters who walk the whole of lagos with agege bread on their head shouting n crying for buyers. I don’t know who’s a noise maker here.

        • Hyginus Nnadi

          If you truly desire the Igbos to leave the southwest, tell your amala and ewedu leaders to vote for the dissolution of the Nigerian federation, the southeast and the south-south are ever willing and eager to go thier own way, but the yorubas are afraid because they canot survive alone, and left with the hausas, the mallam will turn them into slaves, without the oil from the south-south and the southeast how can the yorubas survive? they are very lazy and needs the Igbos to continuosly put food on thier table. ”Useless tribe” a tribe without history, even the name ”YORUBA” was given to you by the hausa people.

        • imagine_2012

          Yes i agree so what do we do about Igbos

        • ewucanbeer

          You sir are not worth even thousands. move out of your polygamous father’s house! (your mom was not a wife)

      • Agubanze

        Junks u cannot sell,original u cannot? Where’s is your talent?

        • Afariogun2345

          I don’t buy from Igbos. I buy only from standard stores. They are economy refugees, or rather Internally Self Displaced People (ISDP) just for long throat, never satisfied.

          • Agubanze

            Whether u buy or not they keep making progress meaning your brothers are buying. Millions cannot be wrong.

          • Hyginus Nnadi

            The only word to describe the yoruba prejudice is ”ENVY” the igbos always succeeded where the yorubas have failed woefully, in Lagos, the Igbo people are benefactors to thousands of ”ALAYES” who sweep thier business premises and run errands for them, there is oil in Abia, Imo, Anambara and abundant Coal in Enugu but the Igbos dont rely on these resources as the yorubas who doesnt even have any oil rely on it, you people should thank your God for the Moribund entity called nigeria, if not for Nigeria, all the yorubas would have been kolanut sellers.

          • Afariogun2345

            You ever see any Yoruba envy or care about any Igbo who is never proud of his own area. if not for Jonathan tribal politics and Igbo caustic mouth, who cares about bunch of Bastards that don’t keep to any standard-anything goes way of life. You have oil, Coal in your areas that you mentioned but of no benefit to you except for you guys to take to anything crime and plough back the criminal proceeds into smoke screen business. No self esteem, no family name to protect, languish in jail at home and mostly abroad so far the loot and proceeds wait your return from long jail if you are lucky not to be beheaded or hanged in China or Indonesia. So you want to deny that your people work in the over 370 industries we have in Ogun state talk less of those in Lagos and SW. We will see where all these lead your useless talks. Yorubas are silent investors of enduring businesses that even exit after the individuals not traders or sales men of products from production lines of Asian countries. China Malaysia do the production and their economies are doing fine while Igbos are the sales men sleeping around the ports and Lagos markets, Ladipo and ASPAMDA- a people with no self esteem. All their businesses are for individual self survival and not to develop any immediate environment except to create terrible nuisance for their hosts talk of Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Ibadan and already encroaching into Ogun State. Which other tribe behave this way in Nigeria including Niger Delta tribes none, the Delta Ibos and Rivers don’t even show any traits of greed like the Igbos and thats why they deny the Igbos.

          • imagine_2012

            What is wrong with greed

          • Hyginus Nnadi

            You are indeed a ”tabula raza” igbos all over the world are the same, so making a pointless comment about a distinctive Delta, Rivers, Benue or kogi igbos is only a proof of your senile dementia, is your prejudice still beclouding your sense of jugdement? are you still in doubt? that the igbos are the most creative, brilliant, clever, bright, fertile, inventive, skilful, resourceful and dexterous race in not just Nigeria but Africa, comperable only to the jews, they ceated not just the Ladipo Auto market but the computer village, the Alaba international market, onyinbo and Iddo foodstuff markets, ASPAMDA, Balogun, Tradefair, Idumota, etc.
            The only indigenous Auto assembly plant in Nigeria, Innoson Automobiles is in Nnewi, to educate you a little more ( Mr.armchair analyst) it is obvious that the only city you have visited in your life is ”Eko” go to Aba, Onitsha and Nnewi and discover that the industries you see in lagos and Ogun states are mere warehouses, Aba, Onitsha and Nnewi are the production centers in Nigeria and these industries employed hundreds of thousands of people including your yoruba people.
            If igbos are mere salesmen of Asian products, why are they prospering and making turnover in their trade? it only shows that nigeria has no alternative to those products from Asia and you have no chioce but to patronise the wise business men who made those products available for you.
            Your envy and prejudice will not make any difference whether in lagos or anywhere in Nigeria, as long as Nigeria remains a single entity, the igbos will continue to dominate the trade and business sector and there is nothing you or the entire yoruba race put together can do about it, because the igbos are not the cause of the yoruba culture of Laziness and pursuit of pleasure without hard work, then whenever the people of Nigeria decides to unbundle the unfortunate Nigerian edifice, the igbos are ever ready to return to their own land to continue in thier dynamic ways of hard work, the same dynamism that made Biafra the most technologically and scientifically advanced country in Africa till date.
            This may be a bitter truth for you and your unfortunate race to accept, but the truth is that, in terms of Hard work, Nation building, creating wealth, scientific and technological innovation, national development in sports, industries, culture and education, there is no ethnic race in Nigeria of today that can match the Igbos, the very reason that Nigeria remained a stagnant is because the hausa fulani and thier yoruba vassals have always conspired to stop the Igbos from leading and transforming the country into a prosperous and develop nation.

      • Afariogun2345

        Go and die with your hate

    • Boma

      Why are you people so Tribalistic ? And who says Lagos is a Yoruba town for Yoruba people ?

  • KENT

    It was not surprise news, GEJ being a corrupt president that vowed not to declare his ill-gotten wealth. He can do anything funny and embarrassing till May, 29th.. Jonathan is afraid of poverty and he continue to embrace looting and surround himself with professional looters range from Maduekwe, Okonjo-Iweanla…….and others. GEJ should not forget Yoruba adage that says “” The house that built with SALIVA instead of WATER to MOLD the blocks will SURELY COLLAPSE later or soonest. Let me predict what we happen to you after 4monhs out-of-office. HYPERTENSION………..next……….SIGHT ISSUE. YOU BETTER RETURN PART OF YOUR LOOTED PROPERTIES OR MONEY. OTHERWISE, GOD WILL VISIT YOU AND MAMA-PEACE.. PASTOR ORISAJOR-CAN PRESIDENT GET PREPARED TO REFUND ALL LOOTED MONEY KEPT WITH YOU. I HAVE THE UPDATE INFORMATION ON AMOUNT KEPT IN YOUR CUSTODY AND I WILL REVEAL IT SOON.

    • Fred A E

      Laying of pipelines that is continually vandalized to Lagos and building the project near the product, which one is cost effective? Citing of the project in Lagos in the first place was ill advised, because Lagos need to be decongested. Apart from that the State Government has already started the project in Aggey, they can equally finish it, what is the Governor doing with all the money?

  • Bello Barriga

    Dream on Mr. President. This directive is six years late. With deu respect sir, you missed this one “for there is a proper time and procedure for every matter.” Please sir, take cues from other Presidents – Late Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, and William Jefferson Clinton for example. They left office and devoted their time proffering solutions to problems not creating problems. Mandela brought comfort to millions through various community projects, Carter’s habitat for humanity is putting millions in homes, while Clinton foundation is busy cleaning the environment. Mr. President, FYI, President Barack Hussaine Obama has subtly voice his after office project – My brothers keeper. So, GEJ, get a life after ASO ROCK, and may ALLAH annoint your eyes to be able to do things that will erase all your shortcomings while in office. Sai BABA Sai BUHARI Sai APC.

    • james_grim_teacher

      The man don lose AM big time. Na now dem remember say dem no do anything for Bayelsa?. This is CLUELESSNESS EXTRAORDINAIRE on display.Some idiot is abusing Yoruba people in posts above. This is .ore serious than Yoruba people.
      No Brass LNG, no Portharcourt refinery expansion, no petrochemical, no nothing that this man should have done in six years..and you have time to abuse Yoruba people.

    • ifeanyi victor

      That jonathan is brainless and part of the reasons he lost the election.
      Very tactless and cowardly immature.

      • Boma

        What has Jonathan got to do with this ?

        • Abimbola

          The company and evil people around him located the company to Apapa that is convenient for them (plus other tank farms) at the expense of the country and the clueless signed it , only to relocate it at the late hour (last year) to Bayelsa after the contract has started. Corrupt regime.

    • Boma

      The federal govt can change location of its project for so many reasons.. Lagos is not the only Nigeria.

  • John Ade

    He can also relocate the award of Lagos/Ibadan expressway project to Bayelsa.

    • New Nigerian

      LOL – and the Bar Beach and marina to boot..hahaha heheheh

  • If this is the best for the country so be it.

    • james_grim_teacher

      It is not the best for the country. It is too late and too little for Bayelsa. Bayelsa deserved more from the PDP government but got nothing even with its dullard son as President. It is very destructive now to start moving projects about. The economics will change EIA will need to be redone, the foreign partners have to be ‘re engaged, the cost of the offshore projects this yard is going to support will also change. The government had six years to turn Bayelsa into Dubal, sadly this was not done. Amechi warned everybody about this man, now the man himself is proving Amechi right.

  • eze

    And you think in Lagos, the Yorubas will not colonize it and see it as their personal property?… What has the president done in his place Bayelsa through out his reign?, nothing. So, why would someone like mr Olusola complain, when a small project like that is been relocated to Bayelsa……

  • Kalu Henry Orji

    Companies need a peaceful environment to operate.Let them guaranty them a safe working environment to operate. Bayelsa is part & parcel of Nigeria.let it rain.

  • imagine_2012

    Anything done to de-congest Lagos is good.

    • yinka

      There are better options which are less expensive and will clear LAGOS of the menace of trucks littering the highway. Nigerians will reject simple solution because it will eliminate waste and filthy environment. No country will allow trucks drivers to take control of the major highway for any reason. How they are able accomplish it beat my imagination.

      • imagine_2012

        Yorubas are complaining about the invasion of Lagos by Nigerian migrants yet they keep wishing for the concentration of resources in Lagos which would attract more migrants. The solution to save Yorubaland of illegal Nigerian migrant is to spread development.

        • Afariogun2345

          Not about anybody living anywhere in the country but host communities should be respected

          • imagine_2012

            What do you mean by respect and host communities. So you want Nigerian immigrant to do what in particular for the host. Kindly list.

  • yomiade

    Jonathan Presidency is ” Leadership by Experiment” He took the position without any prior experience as a successiful leader. All his political mentors who promoted him to become the President will now see the damage they have caused the country.

    • charlieakpeumoh

      What has Jonathan to do with this matter again? This is Public-Private-Promoted-Projects my friend! Or are you another “Liar Mohammed” agent?

  • New Nigerian

    The directive from the president can be interpreted as advisory instead of mandatory. If I was leading this project, it would simply be advisory and work continues full blast in Lagos, and we would just respond an thank the originator of the letter for it’s advise and that we would factor it into considerations within the confines of signed agreements and contracts. Read the directive and NOT Guardian’s headline,,,,

    “Please, be informed that Mr President has via PRESS/S9/MT/212 of April 20, 2015 approved that the FPSO (Floating Production Storage & Offloading) project can be located at Agge, Bayelsa State when the facilities to handle such operations are developed. In addition, the project can be conveniently located at any dedicated Oil and Gas Terminal”

    • charlieakpeumoh

      Q.E.D. You’re damn right! Unfortunately, many of our countrymen & women still need to go back to school – to know how to read and understand in English!

  • Hyginus Nnadi

    This is the parochial sentiment that has characterised the choice of project sites in Nigeria, The comittee that was set up for the establishment of a steel complex in Nigeria recommended that the steel company should be located in Onitsha, where the commercial value of its product will be high, but the powers that be changed the location to Ajeokuta, the failure of many of the power projects in Nigeria could be traced to their location, how can any sane person propose to locate a gas turbine power station in the southwest and the North and then award another contract that doubled the cost of building the power station to lay pipeline from the niger delta to power the power station, there is a deliberate policy by those that control power in Nigeria to ensure that the south-south and the southeast remained underdeveloped by ensuring that these regions are left without any viable economic projects, for instance, while many of the oil production rigs are located in the niger delta, the headquaters of the IOC’s that explores the hydrocarbons and destroy their enviroment are located in Lagos and Abuja and majority of the executive positions are occupied by the yorubas and the Hausas, now, how can an FPSO project meant to store crude produced in the oil feilds of the niger delta be located in Lagos, the yoruba and Hausa nation have approprieted this country for themselves, while the resources come from the south-south and the southeast, the southwest and the north control everything enjoy it alone.

  • olu

    As far as I am concerned, that directive to relocate to Bayelsa should be ignored in its entirety. If this man had wanted to be in the good book of his people he ought to have conceived of siting projects that will transform the lives of his compatriots in his home country long before now. Rather than wait till he was about to be kicked out of Aso Rock, before remembering(belatedly) that he needed to pacify his long neglected people with a project to welcome him back home and possibly become the chairman of the board for the project. No wonder that some legislators from his home states are abandoning him and party to join the rival party.

    • charlieakpeumoh

      Which man are you talking about? Just to be clear: who is occupying Aso Rock at the moment? Pls. refer to your comment: “If this man had wanted to be in the good book of his people he ought to
      have conceived of siting projects that will transform the lives of his
      compatriots in his home country long before now. Rather than wait till
      he was about to be kicked out of Aso Rock, before
      remembering(belatedly) that he needed to pacify his long neglected
      people with a project to welcome him back home …” Are you alright or in a state of coma?

      • olu

        I have nothing to say to you Charlie only to remind you that truth is bitter to swallow.

  • Osanebi Osakuni

    Why site oil and gas transportation infrastructures outside the locations where critical activities take place in the first place? The relocation is certainly ill timed but I still can not understand why the usual emphasis on Tincan Ports while the Atlantic Ocean is deepest along Koko Port to Sapele in Delta State. The capacity of vessels that anchor in this area can’t come close to Apapa ports. Republic of Benin is utilising full marine business potential why Nigeria is always playing parochial politics with hers and losing billions of Naira daily to neighbouring countries.

  • Nwokedi Nworisara

    It is long overdue. Nigeria has moved from the 19 century where there were only few ports located far away from oil production activities thereby incurring unimaginable costs to sustain. The economy is looking for ways to cut cost and this is one of it. Agge is a deep sea port located at the very point of oil and gas production in Bayelsa where 40 percent of oil is produced and it is cost effective to ship oil from there rather than spending man hours and scarce resources piping oil to lagos with its attendant security implications in terms of pipeline vandalism etc.

  • Emmanuel Dabo-Oju Alalibo

    The project should move and that is the final directive.

  • Boma

    I am just observing that Yoruba people do not want the development of other parts of Nigeria..