Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari for the dredging of Escravos basin to allow bigger vessels to berth at the Warri port.
Okowa, who spoke with State House Correspondents yesterday after meeting the President, stressed that with the resumption of activities at the Warri Refinery, there would be need to expand the port facilities to serve as the hub for the South-South, South-East and North-Central regions.
He also told the President on the need to continue the Gas City project in Ogidigben in his state.
Okowa equally told Buhari the need to intensify efforts in the construction of the Second Niger Bridge.
“We came to thank Mr. President for the appointment of the GMD of NNPC, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, who you know is from Delta State; even if you know he got that appointment by merit, he is still a Deltan. And we thought we should appreciate that.
“Then beyond that, we are all aware of the Gas City Project in Delta State at Ogidigben, in the Excravos and we thought that we needed to bring it to the knowledge of Mr. President that that project, which is a public private partnership (PPP) project, is something that would create a lot of jobs for Nigerians and thought that there was the need for that project to be given some strength and we believe it is in the interest of Nigeria and Delta state that that project is carried out.
“We also reminded Mr. President about the Second Niger Bridge, which is also another PPP arrangement and the need for the federal government to ensure that, that PPP arrangement is strengthened. Though work is currently ongoing but we needed to ensure that it is brought to the knowledge of Mr. President, and he has told us that he is receiving information about that and we hope that activities in the field of the Second Niger Bridge is heightened in the next few weeks.
“There is also an intersection of road between Benin through Asaba to Onitsha, by Igbuzu road. It is quite problematic for us. Sometimes you can experience traffic gridlock in that place; sometimes, you find out that the accident rate on that road is much and we thought too that the best way forward is to have an interchange at the point, and being a federal government road, we do need to seek for Presidential approval even if it may have to be at our own cost and that was brought to the attention of Mr. President,” he said.

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