WARRI- The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has tasked the Federal government through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to kick start the Export Processing Zone (EPZ), and the Deep Seaport Projects at Ogidigben and Gbaramatu respectively in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State to boost economic activities in the Niger Delta region and the country in general.
Factional President of IYC, Barr, Eric Omare made the call in a press statement Tuesday morning, said, ’The proposed EPZ at Ogidigben and the deep sea port at Gbaramatu are expected to provide direct jobs for more than ten thousand people’’
It would be recall that preliminary jobs such as bush clearing and other related activities had started during the regime of former President Jonathan after the foundation laying ceremony.
The vibrant IYC National leader noted that ‘‘The IYC note with sadness that whereas under the Goodluck administration the EPZ and Deep sea projects were given priority attention with foreign investors that were prepared to invest; however, the projects seems to have been abandoned since the assumption of office of President Buhari despite promises by Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu.
‘‘We call on the federal government to demonstrate its commitment to tackle the challenges of youth restiveness, militancy and unemployment in the Niger Delta region by quickly embarking on these projects. These projects are very important to the economic revival of the Niger Delta region especially Warri and Delta State considering the fact that their implementation would lead to the dredging of the Warri channel from Escravos bar to Warri port to facilitate the movement of materials.
‘‘ The fabrication and other related activities coupled with the dredging of the escravos bar to warri port would definitely revive the now moribund Warri port in Delta State. The federal government cannot be talking of sustaining the present peace in the Niger Delta region in the midst of hunger! The government must realize that hunger instigates crisis’’ the statement said.