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Ijaw People Reject Composition Of DESOPADEC’s Board

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 12:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi

Asaba

Ijaw people in Delta State have rejected the composition of the new board of the state’s intervention agency, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Commission, DESOPADEC.

They carpeted Governor Ifeanyi Okowa over what they described as bias in picking members of the board, and threatened to take to the streets in the coming days to vent their anger over their treatment.

Comrade Sheriff Mulade, Chairman of Kokodiagbene Community, an oil producing riverside area, in a chat with Daily Independent, advised the governor to revisit the composition in the nick of time, otherwise they would have no other option than to embark on civil unrest until the anomaly was corrected.

The board has 14 members with Ijaw people having two slots, occupied by a former Chevron Staff, Chief Phillip Gbasin, who was an Executive Director, Social Service, and Chief Favour Izoukumor

They accused the governor of short changing them in the appointments of members of the board, notwithstanding the fact that they produced the highest crude oil quantum in the state, which they put as 30 per cent.

The prominent Ijaw Community Leader said the Ijaw people had not been treated comparatively well, stressing that the 27 per cent production quantum assigned to them was meant to deprive them of their benefits.

He accused some former governors of working against Ijaw interests when they held sway, blaming them for such ‘’unfair policies’’ by cutting down their production quantum just to give alleged undue advantage to Urhobo and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities and urged incumbent governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to address the injustice to give them a sense of belonging.

He said: “Ijaw people reject completely the present composition of the DESOPADEC board because we are greatly short changed.

“Based on our contribution, we are entitled to a minimum of three members, so we call on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to address this imbalance, because it is an unfair and unjust board.

“We are talking of derivation from oil. This is not politics.”

He insisted that appointments into the board were not meant to compensate ethnic groups and political jobbers, and that the right thing should be done for the sake of justice and fair play.