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Olu of Warri denies donating N4 Billion to road project

By Chido Okafor, Warri
17 October 2021   |   1:30 am
The palace of the Olu of Warri has denied reports making the rounds on the social media that the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, donated N4 billion to complete...

[FILE] Prince Tsola Emiko waves after being crowned as the 21st king or the Olu of Warri kingdom and the Ogiame Atuwatse 111 during his coronation at Ode Itsekiri on August 21, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

The palace of the Olu of Warri has denied reports making the rounds on the social media that the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III, donated N4 billion to complete the ongoing construction of Koko-Ogheye Road Project in Warri-North Council Area, Delta State.

The road construction was awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to Levant Construction Company but had been abandoned for years allegedly due to paucity of funds.

In a statement yesterday by Chief Clement Maleghemi, the Director, Palace Administration, the palace said the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III did not make any promise to contribute any amount to the Koko-Ogheye road project or any project during his visit.

The statement, titled, “Ògiame Atúwátse III – The Olú of Warri did not splash Billions of Naira on any Federal Road Project,” the Palace said: “As part of a familiarisation visit of Federal Government projects in the Warri Kingdom, Ogíame Atúwátse III, the Olú of Warri recently visited the Koko-Ogheye Road Project (amongst other projects) in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

“During the site visit, Ògiame had open discussions with representatives of the contractor, Levant Construction Company, and all conversations were in the open and at no time did Ògiame make a promise or indicate he will contribute any amount to the Koko-Ogheye road project or any of such project.

“The Olú of Warri is eager (like all responsible leaders should be) to have all projects completed in record time, Ògiame also understands the difficulties the current economic situation places on the scarce resources available to the government.”

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