Following the clamour for the renaming of Urhobo Territory in Warri City to Wado City by the Wado Advocacy Group, lawmakers in Uvwie Local Government Area have banned the use of Warri in Uvwie.
The gazette was passed into law in December 2021.
The gazette stated that all business owners, cooperative organizations, churches, etc., are directed to change the name “Warri” in their addresses to “Effurun.”
According to the lawmakers, Uvwie (Effurun) is not Warri, and the name Warri should not be attached to any establishment located in the Uvwie local government area.
Cooperating organizations that do not remove Warri from their address or billboard will face a $200,000 fine.
It was gathered that top establishments located in Effurun and its environs are wrongly addressed as Warri.
Osubi Airport in Okpe Local Government Area is incorrectly referred to as Warri Airport; Ujevwu Railway in Udu Local Government Area is also incorrectly referred to as Warri Railway; and Effurun Refinery is incorrectly referred to as Warri Refinery.
The Delta State government also summoned the Uvwie legislatures to explain the rationale behind the gazette banning the use of Warri in Effurun.
A source close to the government who doesn’t want his name to be mentioned said the lawmakers who appeared before the state government gave reasons behind the gazette. The source said the government is pleased with their explanation and has sealed the law.
According to the legislators, Effurun, Uvwie is not Warri and should not be reflected in any establishment located in Uvwie, Effurun.
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