By Festus Ahon
ASABA—THE member representing Warri South-West constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Daniel Mayuku, yesterday, charged the Federal Government to follow up its plan to activate the Gas Revolution Industrial Park, GRIP, project, Ogidigben, Delta State, with $20 billion.
The acting President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, had during the week, disclosed plans by the Federal Government to activate the project.
Speaking with journalists in Asaba, Mayuku said: “Much has been said about GRIP, which when executed will have multiplier effect on the government and the people.
“The completion of the project will help douse tension in the Niger Delta since all what the agitators want is development. The only federal presence in oil-rich Warri South-West Local Government Area, including Escravos, Opruoza, Ogidigben, Gbaramatu among others, is the instrument of taking, that is, instrument of exploration and exploitation.”
Stressing the need for these communities to be made a part of Nigeria in terms of development, Mayuku described the plans by the Federal Government to partner the private sector to activate the Ogidigben project as a welcome development.
He added: “The long expected project will not only create job opportunities for the people but will also give them a sense of belonging. We received the news with great joy because the Federal Government has realised the need to activate the project years after it was initiated.”
Mayuku noted that the area has nothing tangible to show in terms of development despite its huge contributions to the nation’s wealth.
The lawmaker however, urged the people of Ugborodo and Gbaramatu to partner the Federal Government and the private sector consortium to ensure that the project is given speedy execution.