President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged a fair deal to the Itsekiri people of Delta State.
The President made the promise in Abuja while receiving on a courtesy visit the Olu of Warri Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Tsola Emiko, Ogiame Atuwatse III.
He said he was grateful for the visit of the monarch, adding that he was impressed by his patriotism.
President Buhari said he had taken note of the requests presented by the monarch, assuring him that he will work on them as soon as politically possible.
The Olu of Warri had said the visit was to primarily thank the President for sending a high-powered delegation to his coronation as the 21st monarch of the Kingdom, and his felicitation, goodwill, and solidarity.
He pledged the loyalty of the Itsekiri people to one united Nigeria while supporting the government’s aspiration to provide security and economic prosperity to Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or creed.
Describing President Buhari as a “dogged patriot and fervent believer in Project Nigeria”, the Olu drew attention to the under-utilisation of the ports in Warri, Koko, Sapele, and Burutu, in Delta State, reconstitution of the NDDC Board, as well as immortalising the first Finance Minister of the country, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh.
He also harped on the question of the resuscitation of the Ogidigben EPZ Project, which has reportedly been abandoned.
He said he believed that President Buhari would soon reconstitute the NDDC Board, stressing that as an interested party, his kingdom would genuinely want a better deal for its people.
On the entourage of the Olu of Warri were Chiefs Brown Mene, Oma Eyewuoma, Thomas Ereyitomi, Daniel Reyeju, Dere Awosika, and Mr Julius Rone.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor