Sunday Ode, Abuja
Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa was at the Presidential Villa on Thursday to thank President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of Mr Ibe Kachikwu as the Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The governor observed that though the new NNPC boss was appointed on merit, the President still deserved to be commended for appointing a Delta son.
He said he also sought the intervention of President Buhari on the dredging of escravos basin in Warri.
The governor who had a private audience with the President in his office said he equally requested of him to intervene in the Gas City project located at Ogidigben in Delta state.
In an interview with State House correspondents after the meeting Okowa said the project had the potential to create jobs for the teeming jobless youth in country.
He said: “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 excravous 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 we 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.
“Beyond that too, you are also aware that the Warri Port has come alive and even with the refinery that has started, the Port activity has improved, but there is a problem because of the escravos basin.
“We believe that the dredging of the escravos bar would help to improve the port activities and improve the size of cargos that come to the Warri port and Warri port is very personal to the rest of the South-South, the South East and the North Central and we think that it will turn to an economic hub, if we are able to dredge the excravos bar.
Governor Okowa also disclosed that he reminded the President on the need to speed up work on the Second Niger bridge as well as an approval for the state to undertake some road projects on behalf of the Federal Government.