A Bill for the development coastal areas of Delta State has been sent to the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori.
The bill known as the Coastal Areas Development Agency, (CADA) was initiated by a community leader and an environmental rights activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade.
Mulade is a Peace Ambassador, and hails from Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state.
He disclosed in a statement on Friday that the Bill was received at the Delta State Government House, Asaba, a copy of which was received by the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly on behalf of the State legislature on the 22nd of January, 2020.
He said the Bill is in line with the demands by Deltans in the coastal communities seeking a legislation to create an agency that will fast track the development of coastal communities in the State.
The Bill, he noted, will create an interventionist agency that would enhance the development of the oil rich riverine communities of Delta State.
“It is imperative to state here that the coastal communities are the live wire and resource base of Delta State, therefore they deserve a fair share of government support and access to basic social amenities. It is sad that billions of naira generated from the riverine environment are used to develop other areas thereby leaving the coastal communities undeveloped”, he added.