THIS GOVERNMENT PAYS SERIOUS ATTENTION TO ANY COMMUNITY WITH GENUINE COMPLAINT – SGF
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachir David Lawal, today, received in his office, representatives of the 27 oil impacted Itsekiri communities who paid him a visit to demand for the commencement of the second phase of the clean-up of their area in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State which stemmed from the activities of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company.
2. The SGF informed the guests that the present administration pays serious attention to any community that has genuine complaint. He went on to say that, as theirs is an on-going project, the government will definitely classify it as one of its priorities and promised to do everything within the available resources to alleviate the suffering of the people even though such projects will still have to go through procurement procedures and that Ecological funds are deployed subject to Presidential approval.
3. Earlier, the spokesman of the group, Hon. Orugboh Emmanuel said that Itsekiri Community has been denied their means of livelihood as a result of the unwholesome environmental practices of Warri Refining and Petro-Chemical Company Limited and all efforts to get the previous governments to complete the clean-up of the area has failed and praised the present government for the prompt response to their request which was barely made a week ago.
Present at the meeting, were the Hon. Minister of State for Trade /Investment, Mrs. Aisha Abubakar and some Permanent Secretaries.
Mohammed T. K. Nakorji,
Assistant Director (Press),
Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation