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Lawyer lauds Delta Gov on DESOPADEC staff

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI — A legal practitioner, Mr Jesu-tega Onokpasa, has applau-ded Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan’s masterstroke in refraining from sacking majority of the staff of the state’s Oil Producing Areas Develop-ment Commission (DESOPADEC) staff as was feared in the government’s move to reposition the Board.

He called on Dr. Uduaghan to urgently extend similar imaginative and result-oriented reform to other agencies  of the state’s government.

Onokpasa, in a statement made available to the Vanguard yesterday, said the government  rose to the challenge of leadership and chose the better option of a downward adjustment of their bloated remunerations.

“He has ensured that unemployment in Delta is not further worsened, while simultaneously repositioning DESOPADEC for the requisite degree of financial and structural efficiency necessary to achieve its mission and meeting the expectations of Deltans,” he said.

“It now appears that the crisis embroiling the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission arose from a combination of administrative incompetence and financial rascality on the part of its leadership.
“Whereas hitherto, I had a substantial respect for those involved, I am now tempted to give up the high regard in which I once held them.

“I must equally express my disappointment at the fact that some of the worst culprits are professional turncoats fond of hobnobbing with those whose stock in trade is to undermine Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan at every opportunity.

“In the light of what has been unearthed by the Prof. Sam Oyovbaire-led committee set up by the governor, coupled with the findings of Delta State House of Assembly which took separate critical looks at goings on at the commission, most Deltans are now unfortunately beginning to view DESOPADEC as just another drainpipe.

“Indeed, the performance of the commission so far would appear to be rather poor, having unwarrantedly derailed from its mission. Needless to say, the avarice perpetrated at DESOPADEC is a tragedy of truly monumental proportions, while the jumbo paychecks of a host of its real and ghost workers only serve to cast those involved in the light of kleptomaniacs.

“I commend Prof. Oyovbaire and co as well as Delta State House of Assembly for a job well done. I must, however, express my dissatisfaction with the legislature’s uniform thirty percent reduction in the salaries of the commission’s staff.

“This may be retained for low earners while the absurdly high wages of certain categories of staff must be further slashed by as much as fifty percent or even more.

“Above all, I applaud Governor Uduaghan’s masterstroke in refraining from sacking a huge chunk of the commission’s staff as was feared, but instead rising to the challenge of leadership and choosing the better option of a downward adjustment of their unwarrantedly bloated remunerations.”


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