2009 bombardment: Delta community gives contractors 30-day ultimatum

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By Emma Amaize

OKERENKOKO community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, bombarded in 2009 by Joint Task Force on Niger Delta, JTF, during the manhunt for ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has given a 30-day ultimatum to contractors handling projects in the community to return to site or face their wrath.

Chairman of Okerenkoko Federated Communities, Chief James Bebenimibo, in a petition to the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Solomon Funkekeme, said: “We are deeply constrained to alert your ministry about the desire of our peace-loving people to take our destiny in our hands by confronting your ministry, should you fail to direct the underlisted contractors to report back to their project sites in Okerenkoko within 30 days.

“Six years after the Chief James Ibori administration awarded the Okerenkoko-Peppeama-Kokodiagbene Road to Workson Nigeria Limited, we are pained to report that the projects had been abandoned as the contractor had demobilised from site.

“Particularly, the Okerenkoko rebuilding multi-billion naira project awarded to Accelerated Building Technology, ABT, since 2009 after JTF air bombardment that reduced the over 300 houses in the community to rubble, nothing tangible is on ground as the contractor had also demobilised from site.”

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