The Rivers Government says it hopesto realise N480 millionÂ revenue from fishing through its partnership with a local maritime expert.
Mr Briggs_Kuro Tamuno, Special Adviser to Gov.Â Chibuike Amaechi on Aquaculture and Deep_Sea Fishing, disclosed this on Thursday in Port Harcourt in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
NAN reports that the state government had acquiredÂ five fishing trawlers and leased them to Vijons Nigeria Limited, a local maritime company, under a partnership.
Under the partnership, Vijons will use the trawlers for fishing and training of indigenous fishermen.
Tamuno said 63 indigenes of the state had been engaged by Vijons as crewmen to test_run some of the trawlers.
He said that the partnership was not only to provide job opportunities to indigenes but to enhance the governmentâ€™s revenue.
â€œIn the face of challenging economic situation, Rivers State Government is compelled to explore all possible avenues to provide jobs to its people.
â€œApart from given jobs to our people, government equally reasoned that investment in this sector wouldÂ further enhance its revenue generation,â€ he said.
Tamuno said the government hoped to realise N40 million monthly from the venture.
He said that the 63 crew members would be provided adequate accident, injury and death insurance cover.
He said that government might acquire more trawlers if the pioneer team showed commitment and transparency in the venture.
â€œThe state government does not want to hear stories on this venture. Government expects commitment and passion on the part of crew members already selected,â€ he said.