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Community accuses DESOPADEC of marginalisation

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—THE people of Ofagbe Community, Isoko North Local Government Area, have vowed to drag the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC, to court over what they described as their criminal marginalization in the distribution of the commission’s projects,  this year.

The community in a statement said except urgent step is taken to address the injustice, the youths might be forced to close down the oil wells in their land that is feeding the Ogini flow station, warning against their case being treated with levity.

President-General of the community, Dr. Chris Akpotu, and the Secretary, Mr. Luke Enafoma, in the statement, noted with dismay the absence of any project in the clan in the DESOPADEC advertorial on Vanguard Newspaper of June 28, 2010 and insisted that Ofagbe is one of the oldest oil producing communities in Isoko land with over nine oil wells in Ogini flow station.

The people queried the rationale for citing projects in non oil producing communities, leaving out Ofagbe that lays the golden egg. They have given DESOPADEC two weeks ultimatum to address the in-balance before it was too late.

While the people commend the state government for its giant strive, they believed that  Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan is all ears and will come to their aid by his intervention.

Similarly, the people of Ewu, Gbaregolor and Alagbabri communities have also frowned at the exclusion of their communities in DESOPADEC projects, adding that their exclusion was a deliberate an attempt to despise and provoke them.

Calling on the management of the commission and the state government to expedite action on the situation, the communities in a statement by Engr. Clement Magimor, Mr. Paul Etaga and Mr. Andy Edono, said “failure to heed the voice of reason will be met with adverse reaction because we are not ready to submit to the manipulation and marginalized orchestrated by those who are bent on suppressing and stagnating developmental processes in our land.”


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