Is Ogwashi-Uku Zoo dead?
All efforts made by the Delta State Government for the past 10 years to establish a wide life park a.k.a zoo in Ogwashi-Uku may have hit the rocks after all.
This is because the state government’s interest in the world-class project has dwindled following the private sector abysmal participation in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement.
Stakeholders in the state who or whose children are yet to see physically wild animals such as lions, elephants etc are asking questions as to what has happened to the animals the former administration claimed to have purchased and kept in Namibia over five years ago.
The then Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Richard Damijo has disclosed then at a media briefing that “the project would be financed initially by foreign partners at the sum of $250 million.
However, the present administration seems to be focusing elsewhere as Ogwashi-Uku community has allegedly taken back its 500 acres of land proposed for the wild life park.
Soldiers earlier posted to the site along Kwale road, Ogwashi-Uku have for over one year left and their small house vandalised by unknown men.
But the current state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Honourable Chinye Bazim Emmanuel at a recent ministerial press conference in Asaba allayed fears that the project has been abandoned saying that the state government was still studying the situation to fully realise the dream of Deltans to have a wild life park