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Okowa And The Task Before Makinde, New DESOPADEC MD

Posted: Sep 4, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Kparobo Ehvwubare

When DESOPADEC was created, towards the twilight hour of the ebullient James Ibori regime, expectations were high. The body was meant to provide succor to the oil producing communities and the local Governments. When Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan came into office, he inherited and fashioned out a new order for the new born baby agency.

Upon assumption in office, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa sent a bill to the state house of assembly with the view to amending the principal law of DESOPADEC. The amendment seeks to restructure the management of the commission by scraping the office of the executive Chairman to be replaced with the position of a Managing Director charged with the day to day running of the agency with appointment of part time commissioners, who would ensure strict execution of the commission projects. The bill also seeks the substitution of ‘Oil producing areas’ to ‘Oil producing ethnic nationalities’ with the mindset of inclusion of all parts of the state.

But with the appointment of Chief Williams Makinde, the tasks before him are numerous. Indeed, there is an urgent need for him to resuscitate the commission from its moribund state.

With his successful inauguration, it is the expectation of every oil bearing communities that he will hit the ground running amid his vast experience. First, I would want the commission under Makinde to reposition the commission, embark on massive people oriented projects, and especially move the commission offices from rented apartment.

Secondly, he should embark on massive construction of roads’ projects.ty.

Thirdly empowerment of men, women and youths should be the commission’s major priority . Fourthly, the commission should make education a priority, giving free education to the tertiary institution, my heart bleeds seeing our brilliant youths dropping out of schoolsas a result of non-payment of  school fees.

The commission should as a matter of urgency un take over the maintainace of all the streetlights and the moribund public LCD television in all the oil bearing communities. Presently some major cities, street lights are no longer working even as they are gradually turning to dens of criminals. Furthermore, Oghara is fast developing by the day, and as such, there is urgent need for massive construction of road networks and constant electricity supply. Since IPP is moribund, the commission needs to look at the step down at Pamol for supply of electricity to the area and its environs.