September 29, 2009

Group passes vote of confidence on DESOPADEC

Worried by the endless attacks by some selfish individuals and groups that want the Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to do their biddings, the executives of the Delta State Ijaw Oil and Gas Producing Communities Forum (DESIOGRAPCEF) has passed a vote of confidence on the Chief Wellington Okirika led board, describing it as resourceful and fully committed to socio-economic transformation of its mandate areas.

The forum, in a strongly worded position addressed to Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, titled, “Unnecessary media attacks on DESOPADEC by some persons parading themselves as HOSCOM leaders” said the attacks were not only diversionary, but intended to blackmail the performing and focused agency to do their selfish  bidding.

In the group’s position signed by twenty-seven leaders representing the eight Ijaw Oil Producing Kingdoms of Gbaramatu, Egbema, Iduwini, Ogbe-Ijaw, Diebiri, Ogulagha, Ojobo and Kou Kingdoms, said: “We wish to draw the attention of the security agencies to a petition written by this group of persons to the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly in which they threatened to disrupt oil production activities in Ijaw land, if their selfish aim does not materialise. The security agencies should take note of this threat with the seriousness it deserves”.

The letter which was signed by the twenty-seven leaders led by Chief James Tamgbowei, reads in parts: “ We, therefore, advise in a very strong term that any matter that concerns the development of  Ijaw oil and gas producing communities should and always be directed to the oil and gas producing communities, though the Delta State Ijaw Oil and Gas Producing Communities Executives Forum as we are the true representatives of the Ijaw oil and  gas producing communities in Deltas State at the grassroots level.