By Akintunde Adebisi
The Delta State House of Assembly, has tasked the board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, on prudent management of funds released to it.
Chairman, House Committee on DESOPADEC, Emomotimi Guwor, who at the weekend led other members of the committee on a familiarisation visit to the board at the DESOPADEC’s headquarters in Warri, said it should be able to touch the lives of the people from the oil bearing communities of the state.
Guwor who represents Warri South West Constituency and his team were received by the Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh, alongside other Executive Directors and Board Members representing the various oil bearing ethnic nationalities in the state.
The lawmaker who reminded the board of its responsibility of ensuring the growth and development of the oil producing communities in the state, stressed that the success of the commission is critical to achieving the stronger Delta vision of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
“What is central if DESOPADEC must meet its mandate to the people is prudent management of funds released to the Commission. The 50 percent of the 13 percent derivation funds to the state must be channeled properly to the needs of oil bearing communities”.
Guwor urged members of the DESOPADEC board to work as a team and avoid rancor to enable them achieve the desired results, even as he task the board to also adhere to the law establishing the commission and abide by the financial guidelines as well as the extant rules of the state.
He however applauded the board for embarking on town hall meetings with the ethnic nationalities as a bottom to top approach to ensure that projects executed have direct impact on the people.