WARRIâ€”THE Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) said yesterday that it had so far received a total subvention of N50.64 billion and has completed a total of 648 projects awaiting commissioning in different parts of the state by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
The Commission applauded Governor Uduaghan for his timely release of the 50% revenue from the 13% oil derivation fund due the state and thanked him for his support that led to the achievement.
The commissionÂ noted that the completed projects represent about 53.5% performance rating in its two years of existence.
Giving a break down of the projects executed in the first volume of a pictorial documentation signed by the Chief Executive of the Commission, Chief Wellington O. Okirika, the Commission stated that the fund received so far was spent on the execution of 308 projects inherited from the defunct 13% Derivation Committee and the award of contracts for 902 new projects.
According to the pictorial documentation entitled â€œDESOPADEC: Projects and Programmes, 2007-2009â€, â€œthe total number of projects is 1,210. Of the 308 projects, 198 have been completed and 110 are on-going.â€
It noted that 450 of the 902 new projects have also been completed, while 452 were at various stages of completion, adding that a grand total of 648 have been completed and 453 still on-goingâ€.
When Vanguard undertook a working visit to some of the projects in some parts of the state, most of the completed but non-commissioned projects, such as the massive housing scheme at Orhioke, have been overgrown by weeds while a skill acquisition center capable of training 500 people atUdu was lying fallow as, according to sources, they cannot be put to use without the commissioning..
Vanguard learnt that some of the projects have been completed since 2008.
DESOPADEC major areas of intervention, according to the 190 page document, are health care; peace and security; roads and waterways facilities; education, bursary and scholarship awards. Others include employment; micro-credit schemes; agric and fisheries; provision of water, amongst others.