Tinubu pledges to address infrastructure deficits in Delta riverine communities

Tinubu pledges to address infrastructure deficits in Delta riverine communities

By Edeki Igafe, Warri.


The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Tinubu, says he will address the infrastructure deficit in the riverine communities of Delta State.


Tinubu gave the assurance on Friday while addressing the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta.


The ex-governor of Lagos State and his entourage were hosted by the King of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro Gbaraun II (Aketekpe Agadagba), Pere of Gbaramatu.


Tinubu said that he would not be far from the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom as President of Nigeria, promising that they would be carried along.


“You mentioned roads, seaports, the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), the Industrial Park; I assure you that all these and more will be taken care of.


“As promised, we will not be far away from you; we will carry you along and consult with you regularly; we will encourage you and keep to our promises.


“Our brothers here, we will embrace them for the development of the area; the community of Gbaramatu and other associated communities,” he said.


Describing himself as the renewed hope for Nigerians, Tinubu said that his administration would be premised on economic development, progress and jobs creation for youths.


He urged his opponent in the presidential race, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to go and rest, noting that he had ran for the position for too long.


“There are few of us left running the presidential race. One said he is Atiku. How many times has he been running?


“He is always on the run and he is tired; tell him to go and sit down, enough is enough,” he said.


Tinubu urged the King of Gbaramatu Kingdom to ensure that oil facilities in his kingdom were well protected from vandalism.


“Please pay attention to the dangers of the destruction of pipelines and petroleum facilities. They are dangerous to our health, the fish and everything you do,” he said.


Also, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, the APC governorship candidate in Delta, said that one of the greatest challenges facing the Gbaramatu Kingdom was the lack of access roads to the mainland.


Omo-Agege promised to address the challenge, if elected as the governor.


“I allude to the king when he said that the greatest challenges they face was access to the hinterland, that we need to have the kingdom bridged to the mainland.


“It is a request that I will pursue as incoming governor with the incoming president, Tinubu, by the grace of God.


“I am familiar with this kingdom; the issue of the full implementation of the NMU.


“We know what the challenges are and I have undertaken those challenges with the National Assembly dealing with the enabling framework.


“Before the election, the enabling framework will be passed and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari into law.


“We are also addressing the issues of funding, with regard to NIMASA,” he said.


Omo-Agege urged the people to vote for all the APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections.


Earlier, Tinubu and some members of his entourage were conferred with chieftaincy titles by the King of Gbaramatu Kingdom.


Tinubu was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Eyeilaowe of Gbaramatu Kingdom, meaning “man of high esteem”, while Omo-Agege was conferred with the Ebeikiowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, meaning “one who remembers the kingdom”.


Others honoured with chieftaincy titles include Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Gov. Mai Buni of Yobe State, among others.

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