By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has called on the federal government to direct works to resume on the $20 billion Ogidigben Gas Project in Warri South-West council area of Delta State.
Ogiame Ikenwoli made the appeal during his 4th coronation anniversary held at Ode Itsekiri, the ancestral home of the Warri kingdom, on Thursday.
He also urged Itsekiri nation to continue to ensure peaceful coexistence with its neighbours.
Noting that the project stands to create employment opportunities for not only Deltans but Nigerians at large, he posited that the gas project should be a landmark achievement of the Buhari-led administration.
“We have at every opportunity called Mr. President’s attention to the Ogidigben Gas Project. Ordinarily, this is a project that should engage Nigeria’s full priority, given the economic importance, job creating opportunities and other trickle down economic potentials it promises.
“We believe that this should ve on of President Buhari’s star project and will continue tobpleas with him for work to resume as soon as possible,” the traditional ruler stated.
Further commending the president for the recent approval and traction to the brand new Warri Deep Sea Port, he disclosed that he had in the course of the year advocated for the revival of the Warri Port, as well as other road projects.
The monarch also commended governor of the state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for the provision of a 500KVA generator for the electrification of Ode Itsekiri, with plans to connect the community to the national grid.
Some dignitaries present at the ceremony were Prince Yemi Emiko, the Ologbotsere of Warri kingdom, Chief Ayiri Emami, representative of the Warri Federal Constituency, Hon. Thomas Ereyitomi among others.