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Lori-Ogbebor tasks Itsekiri in DESOPADEC on accountability, stewardship


Rita Lori-Ogbebor

Rights activist, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, has charged her three Itsekiri kinsmen appointed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa into the board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to be accountable to the people and alive to their responsibilities.

She stated that the ethnic nationality would not tolerate under-performance in the face of alleged underdevelopment in most of the oil communities in the area, especially Bateren and environs.

During a press conference at the weekend in Lagos, the Warri chief listed the affected appointees who should make no excuses in whatever form to include chairman of the board, Michael Diden; executive director, Daniel Mayuku; and the commissioner representing Itsekiri, Griftson Omatsuli.

To show seriousness, she said a committee, to be based in Warri, had been put in place to liaise with the trio every three months to demand stewardship.

“We would not accept millions of naira budgeted as security vote for the chairman to be frittered away,” she added.Lori-Ogbebor claimed that despite being one of the brains behind the establishment of the interventionist agency, Itsekiri was yet to feel the impact of the commission notwithstanding that the bulk of Delta’s oil comes from the ‘neglected’ communities.She regretted that the communities’ trip to Asaba to have some of the challenges addressed had not yielded fruit as assured by the governor.

The activist said: “Most Itsekiri have been waiting with bated breath for my reaction to these nominations. Let us wait and see what these three kinsmen will do for our land.

“They shall account to the people at every point by disclosing to us how much of Itsekiri money is at their disposal and consulting with us at regular town hall meetings on how best to plough these funds for greater good of the people. Anything short of this will be swiftly resisted. They remain and should remain trustees of our commonwealth in DESOPADEC.”


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