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EPZ: Koko community head backs youths’ demand

By Emma Arubi
WARRI—AS agitation persists over government’s acquisition of land for the Export Processing Zone, EPZ, project in Koko town, Delta State, the community head of Koko, Chief Victor Nanna, has assured the youths that what they were pursuing in the vexed matter was in their best interest and that of generations to come.

He reiterated that the EPZ project would create job opportunities and other forms of empowerment to indigenes of Koko, admonishing that what they, as elders, see sitting down, the youths in their exuberance were not in a position to appreciate same.

Chief Nanna made these remarks at Koko yesterday when a non-governmental group, Koko Human Resources Development Council, organized a protest march in support of the EPZ project.

The placard-carrying protesters in a statement signed by Comrade Frank Olu, Chairman and two others, said they were in support of the actualization of the EPZ project in the community, arguing that elders allegedly fighting against its realization were misguided and doing so for selfish reasons.

Stating their support for the 3-point agenda of Governor Uduaghan, the protesters  warned that they were prepared to deal with any person or group out to drag the good name of the elders of the community in the mud.

It would be recalled that elders and leaders of the seven families that make up Koko town (Iweroko and Ameren Family) had last week questioned government’s illegal acquisition of over 3,000 hectares of their land without consultation and payment of any form of compensation.


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