By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”AS the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) groans under non-allocation of her share of the 13% derivation fund for the past four months, the Concerned Delta State Youth (CDYF) yesterday attributed the current travails of the commission to the handiwork of mischief makers and those intimidated by its achievementsÂ in less than two years of existence.
Activities at the commissionâ€™s office in Warri have ebbed drastically, as workers whose fate of retaining their employment hangs in the balance, with whopping four months salary arrears yet to be paid.
In a statement signed by representatives of the five ethnic nationalities in the state, Comrades Onoriode Okpako, for the Urhobo;Tosan Bawo for the Itsekiri; Ebi Ezonfade for the Izon; Omamuzo Philip for the Isoko and Osita Ossai for Ndokwa respectively entitled: â€œ Groups uncover plot to destabilize DESOPADECâ€, the group maintained that the campaign to paint the commission black was a calculated attempt at denying the people of the oil and gas producing communities of their legitimate rights for development and self-actualization.
Passing a vote of confidence on the DESOPADEC Chairman, Chief Wellington Okrika, the group noted that the commission has neither deviated from its mandate nor drifted away from the 3-point agenda of the Governor Uduaghansâ€™ administration.
the group also noted that the commission has not also failed in the discharge of its social responsibilities to the people.
According to the group, the alleged jumbo salary paid the workers of the commission is not in any way commensurate with what obtains in sister agencies as the NNPC, Chevron, SPDC and others. It described the jumbo pay argument as â€œ a cheap blackmail calculated to tarnish the good work of the Delta Oil Agency leadership.
The group appealed to those behind the nefarious acts of sabotage to desist henceforth, as their evil plans have been uncovered.
Meanwhile workers of the agency have taken their plight to God Almighty in the belief that only Him can rescue them from the impending doom lurking around their job, as most of them told Vanguard that they now attend churches regularly.