The Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, has renewed calls for the resumption of works at the multi-billion dollar Gas Revolution Industrial Park (GRIP), in Ogidigben, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
The monarch made the call while delivering an address during his 5th coronation anniversary held at the palace in Warri, at the weekend.
He appealed to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to “complete the process of dredging” the Escravos Bar for Warri and Koko ports in the state.
Ikenwoli lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards peace and development of the Niger Delta region, while harping on the need for key ongoing or abandoned projects across Warri Kingdom to receive government attention.
The monarch explained that the GRIP project is “very dear” to the people of Warri kingdom and emphasised that on completion it will be of enormous benefit to the nation at large.
“When the groundbreaking ceremony was done in January 2015, our hopes were very high for the nation at large. Since then, however, not much has been done,” Ogiame added.
Ikenwoli also renewed appeal to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to fund the Koko-Ogheye Road project, which he inspected in September, pointing out that on completion it will open the Benin River corridor, which links down to Lagos, to development.
On the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional ruler urged Nigerians, especially the people of the kingdom to continue to take all precautionary measures as advised by the Federal Ministry of Health.