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Okowa tasks FG on resuscitation of Warri Port

Okowa tasks FG on resuscitation of Warri Port
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…As NIM President says insecurity to continue, until FG addresses infrastructure deficit and policy inconsistency***

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, on Wednesday in Asaba, stressed the need for the Federal Government to resuscitate Warri Port, just as President, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Prof. Olukunle Iyanda warned that until the Federal Government addresses the nation’s infrastructure deficit and policy inconsistency, insecurity will remain in vogue.

Okowa, who gave the charge when the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, visited him at the Government House, said Warri Port remained a key factor in the economic development of the state and the country at large.

He said that with the congestion in Lagos ports, reviving the port would ease traffic and boost the country’s economic activities at the ports.

“There is no doubt that the Warri Port is a key economical factor for our state and the nation; the earlier we get it working, the better for us.

“It is in the best interest of this nation to expand, create and develop port facilities because Lagos ports are already congested and more ports mean higher boost to our economy,” he said.

Okowa assured the monarch of his administration’s commitment to meeting the yearnings of the people through projects that would impact positively on them.

“I want to thank you for the partnership that exists between your kingdom and the state government.

“This partnership has helped the traditional council to grow and work together with the state government and it has made our state a very peaceful state.

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“I have made it very clear that political appointees must go back home to pay their loyalties to their traditional rulers and work with them.

“Because they cannot work from Asaba and not liaise with traditional rulers and the kingdoms.

“This is very important to our commitment to execute projects in consultation with the monarchs and constituents.

“We are also committed to the construction of Ogheye floating market. We have gotten the Ministry of Works and Housing to do a complete assessment and budget breakdown, so that work can commence as quickly as possible on the market.

“Trans-Warri road is a project that is very dear to me and we will do the best we can to achieve it.

“The contractors have been to site, but there is not much that can be done during the rainy season.

“So, we will utilise the dry season and ensure that work commences,” Okowa said.

Earlier, the monarch had congratulated the governor on his election victory and thanked him for appointing Itsekiri sons and daughters into his administration.

The Olu assured the governor that he would ensure that peace reigned in Itsekiri kingdom for accelerated development.

Meanwhile, Prof. Olukunle Iyanda, President, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), has warned that insecurity would continue, until the Federal Government addresses the nation’s infrastructure deficit, and policy inconsistency.

Iyanda said at a media briefing on Wednesday in Lagos that these were the root causes of unemployment in the country.

“To lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty is possible, but we need to adopt the right policies, focus more on people than on politicians and be less partisan.

“If you want to lift people out of poverty, do not give them money, but empower them with jobs.

“The only way to create jobs is to be productive and you cannot be productive without electricity and good roads,” Iyanda said.

The expert said that the country should adopt a structure that would allow each constituency unit to adopt its peculiarities without compromising national interest.

Iyanda urged the government to invest more in building the education and knowledge capacity of citizens, demonetise politics toward attracting credible people with national interests into the governance space.

He said that doing this would address issues of ethnicity, disharmony, suspicions, unrest and insecurity that had affected development of the country.

Iyanda said that the institute, as part of its contribution to nation building, would hold national management conference with the theme: “Managing the Challenges of Democracy”.

He said the conference slated for Sept. 16 to Sept. 17 in Abuja, would proffer various solutions to improving Nigeria’s democracy and making it impact more on citizen’s welfare.

According to him, the conference will converge over three thousand participants from the private and public sectors of the economy.

He said that at the end of the conference, the institute would send a position paper to the government to help in tackling the challenges of governance.




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