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…Commissions Doctors’ Quarters At Naifor Island, Warri South West LGA

Another milestone in the annals of project execution and commissioning was recorded Thursday, June 25, 2020 as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC formally handed over a fully furnished doctor’s and nurses’ quarters on the Island community of Naiforgbene directly overlooking Warri metropolis in Warri South West Local Government Area of the State.

Accompanied by the Executive Director, Projects, Hon. Daniel Mayuku, the Executive Director, Planning, Research & Statistics, Comr. Amb. Shedrack Lucky Agediga, the Executive Director, Social Services, Barr. Leonard Anoka, the Member representing Ijaw nationality on the Board and some Heads of Departments and Units as well as executive aides, the Commission’s helmsman disclosed that the present project was proactively conceived in consonance with the highly impactful contributory health insurance scheme initiated by His Excellency the Executive Governor of the state, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to take care of the health needs of the people in all parts of the state.

He said the community was a proud beneficiary of the project, having been chosen in the pilot scheme by the state-owned Contributory Health Insurance Commission, and enjoined them to do all within their powers to protect it for their use.

Bashorun Askia said: “The project and facilities thereof are entirely yours. Own them. Protect them. Maintain them, as you would your personal property. The Chairman of the Commission had always reiterated this much in our weekly television broadcast, DESOPADEC WEEKLY, where he appeals to every community in the mandate area to always own and protect any project in their respective communities.

“This is the new policy direction of the Commission and I enjoin your community not to be an exception in this regard by setting a good example for others. We have it on good record that the generator provided by the Commission for the community has been stolen and part of another building project vandalized by community hoodlums and arsonists. This is very demotivating for us as an interventionist agency of government making sure your infrastructure needs are met.

“Any further abnormally in this regard would certainly discourage us. If we have given you so much, it is incumbent on you to take responsibility to protect them,” he said.

Speaking also, the Executive Director, Planning, Research & Statistics, Comr. Amb. Shedrack Agediga disclosed that the project was demand-driven as against the old order where projects were executed at the whims and caprices of the powers that be. He said the new bottom-up direction forms the template guiding the present Board. He therefore admonished the community to make the best use of it so that they could expect more from the Commission.

The Member representing Ijaw nationality on the Board, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo also shared his thoughts on the impact of the project. He said the Commission was very mindful of the health needs of the people hence its decision to key in and respond adequately through the current project.
Earlier, a community representative, Hon. Denbo-Denbofa Oweikpodor had expressed gratitude to the Commission for such a legacy project in impact and relevance to the people, assuring of their readiness to safeguard it and use it for the purpose behind its execution.

In a vote of thanks to the Commission, the Member representing Ijaw ethnic nationality on the Board, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo expressed gratitude to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bashorun Askia Ogieh and his dynamic team for the project and for seeing to its completion in tasteful delivery, as well as physically coming to officially inaugurate the project.

The doctor’s and nurses’ quarters is one of several people-driven projects executed by the Commission in the island community. It is a fully furnished two-bedroom detached bungalow with all modern appurtenances intended to encourage medical personnel to live and bond with the people in the area, while discharging their duties.

Having commissioned the project, the Chief Executive, Bashorun Askia formally signed and handed over the title to the project to the community representative in the presence of the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ogbe-Ijoh Area Division, Warri South West LGA., SP. Kabiru Sani.

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