HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli 1, Olu of Warri has called on President Buhari to as a matter of urgency spring into action to complete the various abandoned federal government projects in Istekiri communities in Delta State.
The Olu of Warri who led an array of his high chiefs on an inspection tour of the various abandoned federal government projects in Koko, headquarters of Warri North local government area, lamented that the negative trend had adversely affected the socio-economic development of the communities as well as retarded overall development of Iwere (Itsekiri) nation.
Top on the list of the federal government abandoned projects inspected by the Olu of Warri were the Koko-Ogheye-Epe, Lagos dual carriageway, the sea shoreline protection project in the coastal community, the moribund Koko port as well as the abandoned Koko stadium.
The Olu of Warri specifically raised alarm over the abandonment of the Koko-Ogheye-Epe, Lagos dual carriageway project, saying “which would have made road travelling easier for people in the coastal communities”.
The monarch recalled that the road which was conceptualized in 1955 by late Chief Festus Okotie Eboh, former Minister of Finance and others was meant to shorten the duration of travelling by road between the Itesekiri community (Koko) and Epe in Lagos State to about one and a half hour, if well executed and completed on schedule.
According to HRM Ikenwoli 1, “From all we have been able to gather, the road contract project which was awarded about ten years ago had been abandoned due to non-payment to the contractors. I hereby appeal to Mr. President to dust up the contract papers of this road in view of its strategic nature to our Ijaw neighbours and oil-producing conglomerates.
Mr. Elie Tannous, Managing Director, Levant Construction Limited, the company handling the road project had earlier said that their major challenge of non-payment by the federal government ahead caused delay in going ahead with the project.
Speaking at the site of the abandoned Sea Shoreline Projection Project, the Olu of Warri called on the federal government not to handle the issue with levity to avert imminent flooding in the coastal communities and save the entire area from being washed away by the ravaging sea water.