Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan declared on Wednesday that the $16 billion Gas City Project was on course and could not be stalled by the activities of fifth columnists.
Governor Uduaghan declared this at a media interaction with journalists in Warri, reiterated that security agencies were not involved in the shootout at Ugborodo, site of the project, as alleged by a section of the media.
He noted that the trumped up reports were the handiwork of persons that bent on stalling the take off of the project, stressing that the Federal and State Government would not be distracted by such antics.
The Govenor informed the media that he has met with the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Naval Staff and the Inspector General of Police, adding that everything is been done to ensure there is adequate security in the area for the project to go on.
He said the contractor 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.
Uduaghan intimated 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.
He dismissed insinuations of vested interest in the area, explaining that his only interest was to provide a peaceful environment for the project to succeed.
In a related development, a group of Itsekiri Women led by Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, met with the Governor in Warri to understand the issues in Ugborodo.
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.
Lori-Ogbebor on her part commended the quick intervention of the Governor in dousing tension in the area and pleaded with him to always keep the channel of communication open with the women group.
Delta State Government Press Release
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