By Emma Amaize, Warri
WARRI Study Group, WSG, which is the intellectual wing of the Itsekiri ethnic nationality in Delta State, yesterday, warned that President Goodluck Jonathan stood the risk of losing the votes of Itsekiri people and other Niger Deltans if he continued to delay the groundbreaking of the Ogidigben Export Processing Zone, EPZ, project.
The group, at a meeting of critical stake holders in Warri, resolved that the president should “show his commitment to create jobs as he has promised Nigerians during his ongoing campaign by performing the groundbreaking of EPZ without delay.”
In a statement jointly signed by the chairman and secretary, Mr Edward Ekpoko and Mr Tony Ede respectively, it said, “The delay by President Jonathan to perform the groundbreaking ceremony after over three postponements is in pursuit of unsustainable Ijaw agenda, which has ignored benefits of the projects to other Nigerians.”
WSG stated that the project would be of immense benefits to thousands of youths from Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo, Ibo, Isoko and indeed, other Nigerians facing unemployment problems and urged Jonathan to perform the ground breaking without much ado.