Terminate Koko Seashore Project - Olu of Warri tells FG, demands take-over by competent contractor

*Tasks FG on release of fund for Koko-Ogheye Road Project

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Terminate Koko Seashore Project - Olu of Warri tells FG, demands take-over by competent contractor
The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, addressing newsmen at the Koko axis of Koko-Ogheye Road project. 2nd from right (from row) is Chief Ayirimi Emami

 The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, has asked the Federal Government to terminate the Koko Seashore Project, awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC at Koko, headquarters of Warri North Local Government Area in Delta State, over apparent incompetence by the firm handling the project on behalf of the commission.


Our Senior Correspondent reports that the Monarch made the call Thursday September 10, at Koko, when he inspected the Seashore project.


The Warri Monarch, expressed displeasure over the abandoned shoddy job by the contractor, thus making Ocean Surge to wipe out parts of the historic town of Koko.


The abandoned Koko shore protection project


While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the NDDC to re-award the shore protection project to a competent company and subsequently ensure prompt release of fund, The Suzerain of Warri Kingdom, also inspected the age-long Koko-Ogheye Road Project, which was conceptualized by late Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh in 1955 and awarded by NDDC to Levant Construction Company since 2010.


He commended Levant Construction Company for, “the good job so far”, as far as the Koko-Ogheye Road project is concerned and appealed to the Federal Government to release fund to the NDDC, so as to ensure speedy completion of the job, with a view to accelerating the socio-economic life of the Benin River axis.


While calling on the Federal Government to take advantage of the existing peace in the area, The Olu of Warri, called for the expansion of Koko-Ogheye Road Project from four to six lanes for easy flow of traffic, when completed, adding that the road will easily link Ogheye to Epe in Lagos State, “which will allow businesses to thrive and boost trade.”


Koko end section of the ongoing Koko-Ogheye Road project


The Managing Director of Levant Construction Limited, Engr. Elie Tannous, disclosed that his company was constructing 15.4 kilometers stretch and had sand-filled some kilometers to the river, assuring The Warri Monarch that if they get more fund, they would mobilize back to site.


Levant MD, Engr. Elie Tannous, briefing the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli (left) while Chief Thomas Ereyitomi (middle) & others observe



Chairman of Koko Community Management Authority, KCMA, Engr. David Oniyeburutan, praised the Olu of Warri, for inspecting the two key projects in Koko and appealed to the King to prevail on the Delta State Government to complete the abandoned Koko-Ugbenu Road, which terminates at Ajaolugbeti in Koko.


Fresh Angle International can also report that the projects’ tour by the Warri Monarch, flanked by some prominent members of the Warri Traditional Council, turned carnival as sons and daughters from outside Koko town, came out in their numbers to welcome the Monarch, chanting songs of honour.


Chiefs William Igbiriki and Simeon Egbedikuru, represented the Agadagba of Egbema in Warri North, during the visit.


Prominent members of Warri Traditional Council that accompanied the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, include the Ologbotsere of Warri, Chief Ayirmi Emami, the Uwangue of Warri, Chief Gabriel Awala, Chief Otimeyin Adams, the Member representing Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, Chief Francis Omatseye, Chief Solomon Arenyeka and Chief David Odeli.




His Majesty, Ogiame Ikenwoli (right) Chief William Igbiriki of Egbema Clan (left) & other Warri Chiefs, during the  inspection 



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Celestine Chijoke Ukah
Senior Correspondent of Fresh Angle International. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and have undertaken a training in Advance Writing and Reportorial Skills
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