25 June 2013, Warri – Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan says some oil companies, which fled Warri because of the uncooperative attitude of youths, some years back, were returning to the state.
Speaking while inspecting road and school projects under construction by his government, the governor urged the people to maintain the new found peace, noting that the companies were coming back with new names, adding, “By God’s grace, Warri will come up again.
“We should not disturb them; we should cooperate with them and help government in its efforts to create employment opportunities for our people.”
Uduaghan said he was perturbed when the oil companies initially deserted the city and sold their assets because he knew they were not leaving with the oil, but would come back later.
“I will be meeting with some of the companies soon and on Delta Steel Company, DSC, Ovwian-Aladja, we are working with the Federal Government to see that the place is re-opened.”
He also said about 5,000 citizens of the state would be offered employment when the Oleri Resort and Leisure Park under construction by his government was completed, emphasising that the Delta Beyond Oil programme of the government was a plan for the future.
Expressing satisfaction with the level of work on the Enerhen Junction improvement project, the governor, who relived his youthful days in the area, said he was determined to give Warri and environs a new look.
He said the Junction improvement project would extend to other major junctions in Warri, Effurun, Asaba and other parts of the state.
At Ogedegbe Primary School and other model schools visited, the governor lamented that vandals were vandalizing facilities in the schools, saying, “In some of the new schools, the doors, windows, burglary proof had been vandalised and people are even defecating in some of the classrooms.”