Okowa Reads Riot Act To 14-Man DESOPADEC Board *Vows To Sanction Erring Members *Insists On Prudent Fund Mgmt

Nigeria, August 28, 2015, (Blank NEWS Online) – 
Considering the critical nature of the new composition of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission [DESOPADEC] as well as the unsavoury postulations of some Deltans on the newly amended law establishing the Commission, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has vowed that his administration will not hesitate to sanction any erring Board member in accordance with the provisions of the new law.pix 14-4

Okowa, who charged them to ensure prudent management of resources for the benefits of the pewhoe, issued the warning while inaugurating the 14-man Governing Board of DESOPADEC today (28/08/15) at the Government House, Asaba.

“I encourage you to use the bottom-up approach; the communities should determine the projects they want in their areas so that peace will reign and development will be enhanthe. This administration will not hesitate to sanction any erring Board member in accordance with the provisions of the new law”, Okowa warned.pix 8-11

While stating that the new DESOPADEC has no room for incompetence, selfishness and greed, the Governor emphasised that “the setting up of this Board is coming at a critical period in our nation’s history – revenue from oil has dropped drastically and the plight of our oil producing communities has come into sharp focus and as such, the situation calls for discipline, sacrifice and prudent management of our resources for maximum benefits to our people and this is the challenge that you face in your new assignment.”

Okowa who told members of the Board to imbibe the principles of fairness, equity and justice that are watchword of his administration, urged them to always involve host communities in their decision-making process to foster peace and development in those communities.pix 7-11

According to him, “the new DESOPADEC structure provides for sound corporate governance in line with international best practices which is expected to put the Commission on a stronger footing to better meet the developmental needs of ethnic nationalities in the oil producing areas.”

“Under the new structure, there is a Governing Board comprising a Chairman, Managing Director, four Executive Directors, and nine representatives of Oil Producing Areas in the state with at least two from each Senatorial District,” he said, adding, “also listed in the Board are one representative each from the state Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning.”

He appealed “to all stakeholders, especially youths, indigenes and communities to cooperate with the new Board and give it a chance to succeed because everything must be done to bring development to our people.”

Hon. Ebosa on behalf of members of the Board, thanked Governor Okowa for recognising their potentials, stating, “we see our appointment as a call to serve our dear state, and we will do our utmost best to make life better for our people by providing quality infrastructure, enhancing social services and ensuring the implementation of people-oriented value added initiatives, within the limits of available resources.”

The constituted Board has Hon. Godwin Ebosa as Chairman, Chief William Makinde as Managing Director; Chief Askia Ogieh (Executive Director), Hon. Chris Ochor Ochor (Executive Director); Mr Philip Gbasin (Executive Director); Engr. Oristetimeyin Wood (Executive Director) while the representatives of the oil producing areas are Chief Amos Itiwhe, Chief Pius Ovbije, Mr Jonathan Amitaye, Hon. Ovie Oghoore, Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, Mr Nnamdi Ezechi, Hon. Fidelis Oputa and Chief Favour Izoukumor.

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