By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”IJAW Youth Council (IYC) has called on Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, to take urgent steps to bring to book those responsible for frittering away the funds of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
Similarly, the IYC called on the governor to beam the search light on the local government chairmen since majority of them have turned their respective councils to their private estates,Â appropriating public funds for their selfish needs.
National president of the IYC, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, in an electronic mail to Vanguard, warned that â€œunless these fundamentals are tackled, the governorâ€™s three-point agenda of peace and security, human capital and infrastructural development will be put in serious jeopardyâ€.
The IYC also tasked oil and gas communities in the state, under the auspices of HOSTCOM, to report members of Delta State House of Assembly (DTHA) supposedly involved in money sharing bazaar and their DESOPADEC accomplices to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for appropriate action.
His words:Â Â â€œThe Ijaw Youth Council, worldwide, is calling on His Excellency, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, the governor of Delta state, to take immediate steps to bring to book defaulters in the mismanagement of funds of DESOPADEC and charge HOSTCOM to drag members of the DTHA involved in the money sharing business to court for corrupt practices alongside staff of DESOPADEC behind such conspiracy, using the instrumentality of the EFCC as members are not covered by any immunity clauseâ€.
â€œThe council,Â however,Â regrets the action of the board members of DESOPADEC under the leadership of Chief Okrika and wonder why a man who has spent so much energy and time defending rural communities and fighting for the establishment of a development commissionÂ in order to bring about development,Â would allow himself to be manipulated by greedy personalities, thereby making the good intention of the governor to fast track development to rural communities of the state to be on hold.
â€œWe think that Deltans deserve the right to know what transpired since the inception of the commission and supports HOSTCOMâ€™s call for an audited account of the commission.
â€œWe,Â Â however, advise His Excellency not to sack staff of the commission on the flimsy excuse of over staffing, but rather redeploy those whose services are not needed at the commission to teach in the rural schools where there are no teachers, through a well worked out program with the Ministry of Education, as the unemployment burden of the state was alleviated by the DESOPADEC employment exercise.â€