The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has appealed to the Federal Government to begin work on the 16-billion-dollar Ogidigben gas project in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta.
The monarch made the appeal on Saturday during the fifth anniversary celebration of his coronation, held at his palace in Ajamimogha, Warri South Local Government Area.
It would be recalled that the ground-breaking ceremony of the Gas Revolution Industrial Park/EPZ Project in Ogidigben was performed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
Ikenwoli said that the project would have a multiplier effect on the socio-economic development of the country.
“Again, this is a project that is dear to us as a people.
“This is more so, as it is of immense benefit to the nation in terms of gas utilisation, instead of flaring and wasting such critical money-spinning asset.
“When the ground-breaking ceremony was done in January 2015, our hopes were very high for the nation at large. Since then, not much has been done,” he said.
Besides, the Olu of Warri also appealed to the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to complete the process of dredging the Escravos Bar so as to revamp port activities in the Warri and Koko ports.
He, however, commended the Federal Government for the progress of work done on the Koko-Ogheye road, which would reduce the hours of travelling to Lagos from Delta.
He described his celebration as a significant milestone and pledged to sustain his kingdom’s peaceful relations with its Itsekiri neighbours, including the Ijaws, Urhobos and Ilajes.
“No human needs, wants, demands or ambition is worth the blood of any of our people.
“We, therefore, stand ready and prepared to do all that we can to continue to promote peace and contribute to security of lives and national assets in our kingdom,” Ikenwoli said.
The ceremony featured colourful traditional dances and paying of homages by chiefs, several Itsekiri groups, from both home and abroad, including the Ologbotsere Descendants.