The Warri port is finally coming on stream after the authorities started dredging it to make it deeper so that big vessels can come in.

It is hoped that the port will help decongest the Lagos port, which is a source of headache to many businesses in the country.

But you see, the problem being foreseen by the state’s governor Ifeanyi Okowa is that some youths in the area who want to be “settled” would make it difficult for the dredging activity to go on successfully.

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But he has issued a stern warning to the youths, telling them to stay away from the dredging project.

In fact, he was quoted as saying that anyone caught disrupting the dredging activity will be severely dealt with.

The governor who spoke at a church thanksgiving service to commemorate the 27th year anniversary of the creation of the state, however, expressed optimism that the moribund Warri Port would soon operate in full capacity in the next few months.

Okowa said the Delta State Public and Private Properties law – which criminalises collection of levies by youths, would be enforced so that anyone caught disrupting public and private developers would be arrested and jailed.

He lamented that though some persons had tried to play politics with the revival of the port, he was happy that the Federal Government had acceded to the wishes of the people of the state by awarding the dredging of the port to enable it to come into full operation.

The governor particularly appealed to communities along the bank of the Escravos river to give their full support to the dredging companies to deliver the project on time.

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