The Director General of the Warri, Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency, (WUEDA), Prince Godwin Ejinyere, has given a 7-day ultimatum to car dealers, auto mechanics and transporters in the Agency’s mandate areas to operate only within the premises authorized by the government.

The WUEDA DG gave the order on Thursday while carrying out his sensitization campaign on the need to restore normalcy to Warri, Uvwie and the Environs, otherwise called the Oil City.

Prince Ejinyere’s first port of call was the office of the Car Dealers Association of Delta State along Refinery road Effurun, where he urged officials of the association to spread the message to all its members in the metropolis to avoid running foul of the law.

He frowned at a situation where car dealers in the Oil City displayed their cars on the roads, walkways and on drainage slabs, describing such operations as illegal and unacceptable.

Prince Ejinyere said at the end of the 7-day ultimatum, offenders would have their cars impounded by a Task Force, while a Mobile Court would prosecute them on the spot for appropriate sanctions.

While praising car dealers who operated within stipulated legal frameworks, Prince Ejinyere ordered all those doing business by the right and left fences of Government Technical College, Effurun, to relocate within 14 days, failing which they would be arrested and prosecuted by the Agency.

He also urged the people to de-silt the drains in front of their houses and shops to avoid flooding during the rainy season, and also for the sake of public health.

Responding, the President of the Delta State Car Dealers Association, Mr. Linus Ijiga, thanked Prince Ejinyere and his team for their efforts towards restoring the lost glory of Warri and its environs.

Mr. Ijiga assured the WUEDA DG that the message would be passed to all car dealers in the Oil City, and anyone caught flouting the order would be made to face the music.

Prince Ejinyere, accompanied by the car dealers EXCO, took the campaign to the car dealers in their various shops, pointing out areas of concern that needed to be sanitized.

Thereafter, Prince Ejinyere and his team moved to Effurun-Sapele road by Ovie Palace road junction, and then to the ever busy Effurun roundabout, the gateway to the Oil City, where he warned tricycle riders and mechanics, as well as mini bus drivers, not to use the roads as workshops or parks, as such activities online helped to deface the City and cause traffic jam.

The Agency then served the leader of each group a notice of the 7-day ultimatum, as Hon. Ejinyere emphasized that it would no longer be business as usual.

He told the people that the Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, was very determined to revive Warri, Uvwie and the environs so as to attract investors to the area for the benefit of all residents, and appealed for their support.

Top officials of WUEDA, led by the Director of Administration and Finance, Mr. Simon Esi, accompanied Prince Ejinyere on the sensitization and enlightenment campaign.

SOURCE: Media Dept, WUEDA.

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