Atiku pledges to give Warri, Koko Seaports a face-lift

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Nigeria's main opposition party presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar speaks during an interview with Reuters in Lagos, Nigeria January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has promised he will renovate the Koko and Warri sea ports and complete all projects that have been abandoned by the federal government in the region.

Atiku who urged the people of the Niger Delta region to vote for him massively in the February 16 Presidential election, pledged to fulfill his promises if voted into office.

He made the call on Thursday while addressing a crowd of PDP supporters, who thronged the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, venue of the PDP presidential campaign rally.

The Delta ports have suffered infrastructural decay for close to three decades as operators and government agencies have expressed worries over government neglect and under utilisation of the facilities.

The government through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) recently concessioned the Warri port to Sifax Group.

The former vice president affirmed that the state witnessed massive development since 1999, thus no point to vote another party that has not done anything for the state.

“I will renovate all the sea ports in Delta state. I will also complete all abandoned infrastructure projects by the FG because you are opposition state.

“I promise I will deliver on these promises,” he said.

On his part, the PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi noted that all development projects in Delta state since 1999 were done by the PDP, adding that the APC does not like the South South and cannot show anything they have done in the region.

The Senate President and Director General of the PDP presidential campaign council, Senator Bukola Saraki urged Deltans to come out to vote to change the prevailing situation in the country.

“The current administration has failed and the PDP has chosen Atiku to make Nigeria work again.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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