Okowa points to revival of Warri ports as key to nation’s economic development

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  • Orders appointees to liaise with home traditional rulers

By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba

Only the revival of all ports especially those in Warri would signal true push to economic recovery for Nigeria. This is the position taken by most Delta indigenes especially the governor.

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called for the resuscitation of Warri ports, saying it is a key factor to the economic development of the state and the nation.

Speaking when the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, visited him in Asaba, the governor observed that with the congestion of the ports in Lagos, the Federal Government should revive Warri Port and other sea ports to boost the nation’s economy.

Okowa used the occasion to inform the Itsekiri monarch of his administration’s commitment to meeting the yearnings of the people through projects that would impact posting on them.

He thanked his visitors for the partnership that exists between the kingdom and the state government. “This partnership has helped the traditional council to grow and work together with the state government and it has made for a very peaceful state.

“I have made it very clear that political appointees must go back home to pay their loyalties to their traditional rulers, work with them because they cannot work from Asaba and not liaise with their traditional rulers and the kingdoms”.

He asserted that such was important to the state’s commitment to executing projects in consultation with the monarchs and constituents.

“We are committed to the construction of Ugheye floating market; we have got a combination of the Ministries of Works, and that of Housing to do a complete assessment and budget breakdown, so that work can commence as quickly as possible on the market.

“Trans-Warri Road is a project that is very dear to me and we will do the best we can to achieve it.

“The contractors have been to site and there is not much that can be done during the raining season, so, we will endeavour to utilize the dry season and ensure that work commences,” the governor said.

Earlier, the monarch had congratulated the governor on his electoral victory and thanked him for the appointments given to Itsekiri sons and daughters in his administration.

He assured the governor that he would ensure that peace reigned in Itsekiri kingdom to engender development.

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