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DESOPADEC MD Unfolds Plan For Youths, Okowa’s S.M.A.R.T Agenda

Posted: Jan 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

…Says He Never Threatened To Resign

By Charles OkogeneDESOPADEC MD
The Managing Director of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission ( DESOPADEC), Chief Williams Makinde, has disclosed that empowering the youth through agriculture and helping in realising the S.M.A.R.T Agenda of the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, are the two areas the Commission will focus on this year, 2016.
In a statement issued in Warri and made available to Daily Independent on Friday January 15 2016,  he said that the
dwindling fortunes of government and its agencies occasioned by the free fall in oil prices globally have further necessitated calls for the diversification of the national economy which has for so long depended oil as its economic mainstay.
Makinde observed that Delta State is naturally endowed to accommodate interested participants in agriculture, mainly youths, drawn from the oil-producing communities.
“The Commission has carried out sensitisation activities to woo the youth to see the benefits and prospects of engaging in agricultural activities instead of endlessly chasing non-existing white collar jobs,” he said.
According to him, various packages and incentives to assist interested youths have been put in place and that the Commission has been receiving encouraging feedbacks for subsequent implementation.
He also disclosed that DESOPADEC will also key aggressively into Okowa’s S.M.A.R.T Agenda on skills acquisition and vocational training for youths whose first set of trainees graduated on Thursday January 14.
According to him, the new management team of DESOPADEC recognises the fact that youths not only constitute the largest percentage of the population but also remain the most vulnerable in the midst of a dwindling economy and therefore poses a grave danger to the peace and security of the larger society.

Makinde, who recently visited the Federal Prisons in Sapele to interact first-hand with the inmates and factor their expectations of proactive rehabilitation into Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training Programmes of the Commission as valuable inputs in the decision making of the Board, has realised from the visit that the unskilled youth can be likened to a keg of gun powder waiting to explode.

He, therefore, said that the Commission is now poised to intervene by massively engaging the youths within its mandate areas in Skills Acquisition and Vocational Training, to make them better citizens.

Meanwhile, the management of DESOPADEC has said that at no time did its managing director threatened to  resign on the grounds of the alleged refusal of the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon .Monday Igbuya, to pass the Commission ‘s 2016 budget unless he is bribed by the Commission.
In a statement refuting the story in some section of the media, the Commission said: “For the attention of the general public, management wishes to state in unequivocal terms that there was no time the managing director threatened to resign his appointment.
“Similarly , there was no time any of the aides to the chief executive of the commission volunteered an interview to any media house.
“The Commission maintains that it continues to enjoy a roburst working relationship with the Hon. Monday Igbuya -led State House of Assembly and that the passage of the 2016 budget of the commission is undergoing due Process.
The general public is therefore enjoined to discountenance in its entirety , the purported reports by Trend FM, Sahara Reporters and their cohorts aimed at tarnishing the good image of the commission, the Delta State House of Assembly and the Governor Okowa-led administration.”