Delta: Govt Will Not Allow Distraction On Multi-Billion Gas Project -Uduaghan Insists


Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state

Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta state

20140109-100450.jpgDelta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has re-affirmed his faith and commitment to the $16 billion Gas City Project in the state, insisting that the project was on course and would not be stalled by activities of fifth columnists.

Uduaghan, in a media interaction with media personnel, Wednesday in Warri, reiterated that security agencies were not involved in shoot out at Ugborodo, site of the project, as alleged by a section of the media.

The Governor noted that the trumped up reports were the handiwork of persons that bent on stalling the take-off of the project and declared that the Federal and State Governments would not be distracted by such antics.

Uduaghan informed that he has met with the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Naval Staff and the Inspector General of Police, adding “everything is being done to ensure there is adequate security in the area for the project to go on.”

The contractor, he said would in the next few days be moving to site to commence work and allayed any fears of the project being relocated from the state.

He informed that parties in the struggle for the leadership of the Ugborodo Community Trust have been summoned to Abuja and appealed to everyone in the area to maintain the peace.

Uduaghan dismissed insinuations of vested interest in the area, explaining that his only interest was to provide a peaceful environment for the project to succeed.

“My interest is to ensure that there is peace in the community and that the project succeeds because this project is beneficial not only to Ugborodo Community, Itsekiri Land, Delta State but Nigeria as a whole.

“I have no personal interest in this matter, all the factions are known and close to me and they have worked with me even before I became governor,” Governor Uduaghan said.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State (left) welcoming Chief (Mrs.) Rita Lori-Ogbebor  (right) to Government House Annex, Warri during a meeting of Itsekiri women lead by Chief (Mrs.) Rita Lori-Ogbebor  with the governor held in Government House Annex, Warri Wednesday. Photo: Henry Unini

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State (left) welcoming Chief (Mrs.) Rita Lori-Ogbebor  (right) to Government House Annex, Warri during a meeting of Itsekiri women led by Chief (Mrs.) Rita Lori-Ogbebor  with the governor held in Government House Annex, Warri Wednesday. Photo: Henry Unini

In a related development, a group of Itsekiri Women led by Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, met with the governor in Warri to commend him on the quick intervention in dousing tension in Ugborodo area.

The governor, commending the Itsekiri Leader for her peaceful effort explained that leadership tussle on who becomes chairman of the Ugborodo Community Trust was at the root of recent unfounded stories in a section of the press.

Uduaghan assured the delegation that the Federal and State Governments were working closely to forestall any breakdown of law and order in the area.

Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor said,”we have come here to ensure that there is peace in Itsekiri land.”

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