WARRI—THE Ijaw nation has organised a reception in Akugbene Town, to honour Chief James Ibori with a chieftaincy title, for the developmental strides he brought to the Akugbene town, the Ijaw nation and the entire Delta State during his 1999 to 2007 governorship tenures.
Ibori’s Media Assistant, Tony Eluemunor in a statement, said Ibori was particularly touched by this uncommon gesture of gratitude that came his way good 11 years after he had left office.
The statement said “The people of Akugbene reminded Ibori while conferring the title of Izonfini-Owei of Ijaw on him that until he built the 612 metres long Bomadi Bridge over River Forcados, at the cost $50million cars had no access to the Bomadi LGA and it other 11 communities, namely: Ogriagbene, Esama, Akugbene, Bomadi, Kpakiama, Ekamuta-gbene, Azebiri, Ogodobiri, Okoloba and Kalafuo-gbene. The bridge made possible the first road connection between the Ijaw mainland and the riverine areas.
“By June 2005 when the bridge was completed, no other state government in Nigeria had built a bridge of such magnitude anywhere in Nigeria. Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, thus said on Saturday that “Chief James Ibori’s relentless developmental stride while in office has lessened the means for people to access riverine communities of the State.”