On the 4th of October 2021, His Imperial Majesty, Ogiame Olu Atuwatse III, the Olu of Warri Kingdom, visited Koko town, the headquarters of Warri North Local Government Area. This was the first visit to an Itsekiri town by the new Ogiame since being crowned as the Olu of Warri.

Ogiame Atuwatse III visited the Nanna Palace (Nanna Living History Museum) where he was received by the sons and daughters of Warri Kingdom including the Warri North Local Government elected leadership led by the Chairman, Hon Captain Smart Yomi Asekutu.

The Olu also visited the ongoing Koko Ogheye Epe road project for an on the spot assessment. The inspection of the Koko Ogheye Epe project site has been seen as strategic as the Olu of Warri Kingdom wants the speedy completion of the road which would herald in the overall development of Koko Town and several Itsekiri communities.

The Koko Ogheye road was conceived in 1955 by the defunct Niger Delta Development Board, NDDB, remained unattended until 1978 when the Itsekiri, through communal efforts, attempted to undertake the construction. This they could not complete but in 2009, the Federal Government, through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), awarded the contract to Levant Construction Company, and the project commenced late 2010. Many years on, not much has been achieved.

The road upon its completion will change the fortune of our nation in a short while with its potential to connect Koko with Ureju, Dudu Town, Ebrohimi, Gbokoda, Ugbege, Jakpa, and many more Itsekiri towns and villages to Ogheye. It is worthy to note, that the road was also proposed to link Lekki in Lagos to cut down the travel time by road from Warri to Lagos on a great deal and ease the flow of goods and essential services from Lagos to Warri. This will bring about improved security and the strategic development of Warri Kingdom. The Olu of Warri Kingdom was accompanied on the journey by several Ojoyes including Chief Gabriel Awala (The Uwangue of Warri Kingdom), Chief Solomon Arenyeka (The Eson of Warri Kingdom),  Chief Thomas Ereyitomi (The Akatigbi -Ayeola of Warri Kingdom), Chief Mene Brown (The Ogwaolusan of Warri Kingdom), Chief Omolubi Newuwumi (The Omatamudenyin of Warri Kingdom), Chief Billy Besigiwa (The Osolo of Warri Kingdom). God bless Ogiame Atuwatse III, The Olu of Warri Kingdom.Long live Warri kingdom.#Warri#WarriKingdom#Koko#Itsekiri