Communities in Warri, Uvwie and environs have been charged to embrace peace to ensure the smooth take off of the drainage project conceived to end the perennial flooding and the attendant consequences in the economic nerve center of the state.
The Director General of the Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency (WUEDA), Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay, gave this charge Thursday at a meeting with representatives of the communities in Warri.
Macaulay said the state government had resolved to tackle the flooding challenge being faced in the area, and it was in the interest of the people affected to cooperate with the contractors to facilitate the delivery of the project.
The DG reminded the communities that peace was indispensable in achieving development, and urged them to collaborate with government and the contractor to ensure that the target of ending the flooding menace was achieved.
He appealed to the representatives to go back and prevail on their people, particularly the elders and youths, to be peaceful and not disrupt the project expected to be delivered in 18 months time, adding that with their cooperation the contractor could finish the job earlier than scheduled.
According to him, the contracting firm has been urged to engage the services of community youths in line with the local content policy, pointing out that as the project progressed youths from all the benefitting communities would be engaged in turns to ensure equity.
The Chairman Ekurede Itsekiri Community, Mr. Olugbo Ese Abel, assured that his community would support the Agency to deliver on the project because they had suffered the impact of flooding for the past eight years.
Also the Secretary, Okere Community, Dr. Uku Godwin, expressed optimism that on completion of the project things would get better for the communities and assured the Agency that there would be no disturbances from the youths.
For his part, Ugbori Community Secretary, Mr. Abel Beji, said the youth of the community were solidly behind the government to ensure the realization of set goals for the good of the people.
The Superintending Manager, Levante Construction Limited, Mr. William Tayor, stated that the feasibility study for the project was perfect, pointing out that they would start with opening up the waterways in the affected areas.