Ijaw Indigenes Write Buhari Over Economic Hardship, Seek Resumption Of Work On Epz Project
SAN FRANSCISCO, September 15, (THEWILL) – Ijaw Indigenes in the Warri South-West Local Government Area, LGA, of Delta State, under the auspices of the Warri Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group, WIPMG, have written to President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to order the resumption of work on the Export Processing Zone, EPZ, project in Escravos area of the LGA.
They noted that this will amount to a clear solution by the Federal Government to address issues of unemployment and the current economic recession facing the country.
In the letter sent on Thursday, the concerned Ijaws noted that the EPZ project already possesses two components of Gas City at Ogidigben and Deep Seaport at Gbaramatu, adding that all the President needed to do is to direct resumption of work and the land for both components of the project is ready to start construction and coupling of machines.
The WIPMG chairman, Chief Patrick Bigha, who signed the letter, explained that the project contractors is expected to engage 150,000 work force at the construction level and 5,000,000 work force at the completion of the project.
The letter reads in part, “It would be recalled that during the ground breaking ceremony performed by former president Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday March 26, 2015, the drivers of the project did say that the project will engage 150,000 work force at the construction level and 5,000,000 work force at the completion of the project.
“No doubt this is a project that will reduce unemployment to minimum bearing if not totally eradicate unemployment in this part of the country.”