Okowa tasks DESOPADEC on people-oriented projects
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, at the weekend, charged the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to execute projects that would add value to the socio-economic lives of host communities in the state.
Okowa gave the charge at Government House Asaba, while swearing-in a new member of the commission, Bright Abeke, who replaced the late Joyce Overah, who died earlier in the year.
The governor, who said he was impressed with the interventions of DESOPADEC in oil-bearing communities, said the best way to address the needs of the people was to carry them along in the conceptualisation of projects.
He, therefore, urged the Managing Director of DESOPADEC and its commissioners to continue to stay in touch with the people to ensure that development projects undertaken by the commission emanated from the grassroots.
Okowa maintained that despite economic downturn, his administration would continue to prioritise infrastructure transformation of the creeks and coastal communities because of their contributions to the state and national economy.
While advocating that the best way to ensure peace and unity in the oil producing communities was to attract landmark projects to the areas, he admonished the people to remain calm to enable them to reap more dividends of democracy.
He also congratulated Abeke on his appointment, screening and successful swearing-in, even as he urged him to work with the leadership of the commission to attract development to Sapele and other oil bearing communities in the state.
“As you join the DESOPADEC, it is my hope that you learn as quickly as you can and work in partnership with other Board members to find ways of bringing development and empowering people in the oil producing areas.
“We are doing our best as a state under very difficult circumstances and I am proud that I have formally visited to inaugurate some very remarkable projects done by DESOPADEC in the past few years.
“It is my hope that despite the present challenges, the commission will continue to meet the needs of our people, because if we actually seek peace, partnership with the people, we must really touch their lives and be available for them to talk to at every point in time,” he said.
Governor Okowa restated that his administration would not abandon any projects, pointing out that despite the present economic realities in the country, all projects would be completed in line with available resources.
Responding, Abeke applauded the governor and other stakeholders for finding him worthy to serve and promised to synergise with others to fashion out ways of impacting positively on the socio-economic lives of people of the communities.
Abeke, who was until his appointment, Special Assistant to the governor on Youths Development assured that he would put collective interest of the people above his personal interest in the discharge of his duties.
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