Olu of Warri urges revocation of shoddy shoreline project in Koko
The Olu of Warri, His Majesty Ogiame Ikenwoli, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to revoke the shoreline protection project in Koko, Warri North Local Council, Delta State, awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
He said that the project was not only shoddily done but had also been abandoned by the firm handling the project.
“We thank Buhari for the shoreline protection project but my people are not happy with the job done so far and we are rejecting it,” the monarch said.
The Warri monarch, who also appealed to the President to provide funds for the completion of the Koko-Oghoye-Epe Road, which had been abandoned due to lack of funds, said: “The project was conceptualised in 1955. The road covers Oghoye, which is a vital community in our kingdom. The job started recently when Levante got the job. I’m sure if funds were available, they would have done more than this.
“From what I have seen, they have done a good job. We are going to appeal to the government to pay Levante so they can move back to site and continue with the job.
“Secondly, the project is critical to oil communities and oil firms, which include Shell and Chevron.
By the time the road is completed to a six-lane dual carriage way, it will be better for the kingdom and the communities. The Itsekiri will not only be affected by this project, Ijaw communities in Egbema Kingdom will also benefit from the project.”
He said that the Ilaje in Ondo State would also benefit from the project.
The monarch also appealed to the President to revamp the moribund Nigerian Ports Authority in Koko.