By Jimitota Onoyume
WARRI—FORMER Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA , Prince Temi Omatseye, has called for unity among various ethnic groups in Warri to move the economy of the area and the state forward.
Speaking yesterday at the 1st Warri Economic Summit, in Warri, Delta State, Omatseye said: “I am very passionate about the maritime sector. I go on speed boats round Nigeria’s creeks to speak on shipping. Nigeria has a long coastal water with about 853 kilometres of coastal water. We are facing a major challenge in Nigeria as a country with about 1.3 million tones of petroleum product sitting offshore Lagos .”
Former governor Emmanuel Uduaghan who spoke on “Warri rising,“ said litigations were part of challenges government faces while developing the state.
According to him, when his government initiated projects, sometimes there were too many litigations around them that hampered completion of some of the projects.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, while declaring the summit open, assured that his government will continue to take steps to promote the development of the state, stressing that his government will not play politics with development of the state.
He said: “The youths, leaders all must partner for Warri to rise. Thank God for the announcement by the Federal Government to dredge the Excravos map, we will give all our support to the project.”
Chairman of the summit and Chairman, Warri South Local Government Area, Tidi, said that the essence of the two-day summit was to see how Warri could rebound economically.