OnitshaÂ – Â Governor Peter Obi of Anambra has called for the recovery of set-back areas close to the River Niger.
He said this was necessary to create ample space for the anticipated beehive of activities in the area after the dredging of the lower River Niger.
Obi said this in Onitsha, weekend, while opening a town hall meeting to sensitise communities around the River Niger.
The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Transport, Chief Emeka Ojukwu Jnr., said the state had a lot to benefit from the project.
He said the project, when completed, would make ships and vessels sail to Onitsha from any part of the world.
â€œWe support Federal Governmentâ€™s bid to dredge the river as it is going to elevate the living standard of riverine communities,â€™â€™ he said.
The Governor said government would make sure that the dredgers get the full co-operation of all the affected communities.
â€œI commend President Musa Yarâ€™ Adua for showing commitment to the projectâ€, he added.
Earlier, Otunba K. Folarin, Chairman of Community Relations Committee (Lower River Niger Dredging Project), said the town hall meeting was to sensitise the communities on the project
He disclosed that there are 156 communities that cut across the lower River Niger area. Folarin said the meeting was also meant to address the fears of the communities.