The Delta State House of Assembly has approved the request of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the extension of the current Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) by six months.
The Governor’s approval was sequel to a letter sent to the House by the Governor and read by the Speaker, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori who presided over Tuesday’s plenary.
According to the letter, Governor Okowa said the current governing board of DESOPADEC had expired on the 27th August, 2018.
He said the request was in line with Section 7 sub section 2b of the DESOPADEC Amendment law 2018 and prayed the House by way of resolution to approve the extension of the tenure by six months.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere moved separate motions for the House to receive the request for further consideration and approval of the request and was seconded by Hons. Eriathake Ibori-Suenu and Peter Uviejitobor and adopted.
Also at plenary, the House received a letter from the State Governor,Senator Ifeanyi Okowa nominating Mr Benjamin Igo, a retired Permanent Secretary and Dr Onyemeni Frank Atube for appointment as Chairman and Secretary, Bureau of Local Government Pension.
According to the letter read by the Speaker, Hon. Shtheff Oborevwori, the Governor said the nomination was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 21 sub section 1 of the Pension Reform Law, 2008.
He said the letter was to request the House to invoke it’s powers under the above cited section of the Pension Reform law for the consideration and confirmation of the nominees.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere moved for the House to receive the letter for further consideration and was seconded by Hon. Angela Nwaka.
Thereafter the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori directed the nominees to submit thirty five copies of their curriculum vitae to the office of the Clerk on or behalf Wednesday August 29,2018 and should appear for screening on Thursday, August 30, 2018.
Meanwhile, the House deferred the report of the Ad-hoc committee on the Framework for the Implementation of Financial Autonomy to the State Legislatures and the report of the committee on Housing and Women Affairs on the Delta State Tenancy Bill to September 25,2018.
Also deferred was the Delta State Forestry Development Private Participation and Forestry Trust Fund Bill scheduled for a committee of the whole to September 26,2018.