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Town hall meeting participants want DESOPADEC dissolved

WARRI—Partici pants at Delta State’s town hall meeting in Warri Wednesday called for immediate dissolution of the state’s Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) over alleged mismanagement of public funds in its care, saying the commission was due for sack.

One of the participants took every one by surprise when he openly queried the governor for approving the reduction of the staff strength of the commission at the meeting held for people of Delta Central Senatorial District of the state.
According to him, the commission is supposed to be creating employment for people and not retrenching them.

Governor Uduaghan, who was disturbed about the ignorance of the people of the state concerning happenings at the commission, explained that 300 staff were initially scheduled for the interventionist agency, adding that at present, it was over-staffed with about 4,000 workers earning jumbo pay for doing nothing.

He retorted: “We agreed initially to employ 300 staff, but later to create more employment opportunities for our youths, we increased it to 600. As I am talking to you now, we have about 4,000 workers there with the least paid one earning N350,000 and some senior ones earning as much as N2.5 million per month.

“If a school certificate holder is earning N350,000 per month, what am I doing here as governor? I better resign and pick up work in the commission. They even paid far more that some oil companies”.

Governor Uduaghan revealed how he was asked to sign a bill of N932 million for medical expenses of the commission, with one private clinic claiming a whopping N300 million out of the bill.

He described the micro credit scheme of DESOPADEC as the most flawed, explaining that it was as if they were dashing out money in the way it was programmed.

Uduaghan added that he tried not to interfere with the running of the place until recently because the law allowed him to do so.

Angered by these revelations, the stakeholders called on the governor to immediately dissolve the board of the commission and replace it with those that would have the interest of the people of the state at heart.

The Town Hall Meeting was put in place throughout the state to enable the people of the state have direct interaction with Governor Uduaghan.


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