Itsekiri Leaders Urge Buhari To Address Under Utilization Of Delta Ports.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to act quickly to remedy the underutilization of four Delta state ports.
The Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Tsola Emiko, Ogiame Atuwatse III, and other Itshekiri chiefs told President Buhari this during a courtesy visit to the State House in Abuja on Wednesday.
The Olu sought President Buhari’s attention to “some burning issues that are dear to our hearts,” describing him as “a dogged patriot and fervent believer in Project Nigeria.”
The under-utilization of the four Delta State ports of Warri, Koko, Sapele, and Burutu, as well as the reconstitution of the NDDC Board, the immortalization of the country’s first Finance Minister, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, and the resuscitation of the Ogidigben EPZ Project, which had reportedly been abandoned, were among the issues.
“As an interested party, we genuinely want a better deal for us in the Niger Delta, as we believe charity begins at home. By this, we mean that we Niger Deltans must be ready to put the betterment of our people first in all we do. Putting our people first is the only way to make our lives better,” he said of the NDDC Board, which he believes the President would soon reconstitute.
The purpose of the visit, according to the Olu of Warri, was to express gratitude to the President for sending a high-powered delegation to his coronation as the Kingdom’s 21st monarch, “and for your warm felicitation, goodwill, and solidarity.”
He vowed the Itsekiri people’s allegiance to “one undivided Nigeria, as we support your government’s goal of providing security and economic prosperity to all Nigerians, regardless of tribe, creed, or religion.”
In his reaction, the President promised the Itsekiri people a fair deal while also praising the Warri Monarch’s patriotism.
“I’m grateful for your visit, and impressed by your patriotism. I’ve taken note of your requests, and will work on them as soon as politically possible,” President Buhari said.
Chiefs Brown Mene, Oma Eyewuoma, Thomas Ereyitomi, Daniel Reyeju, Dere Awosika, and Mr Julius Rone were among the Olu of Warri’s retinue.