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DESOPADEC Intact, No N70b Bailout Fund for Delta –Okowa

Posted: Jul 26, 2015 at 1:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felx Igbekoyi Asaba

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has debunked the rumour that he had dissolved the Delta State Oil Producing Communities Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

What was dissolved, he said, was the Board of the Commission.

He spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, disclosing that the Commission was very dear to his heart and that the board members have overstayed their three years tenure.

He said the tenure of the Board has elapsed long before now.

His words: “Section 7 of the DESOPADEC Act provides for a three year tenure for members of the Commission.

“The Board in question was inaugurated August, 2011, and reconstituted in November 2012.

“The life of the Board was thus extended by three months (to take of the September-November, 2012, when they were out of office) and it lapsed by November, 2014, following the expiration of their three years tenure as spelt out in Section 7.

“We are also aware of report suggesting that contractors are being owed money because the Board has been dissolved.

“Nothing can be further from the truth as one of the early actions of our Governor on assumption of office was to direct the release of two billion naira to the Commission to enable it meet its regular and contractual obligations, and it is pertinent to also point out here that the Commission between January and May, 2015 received 3.5 billion naira.”