By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State weekend warned that on no account should the tractors and equipment purchased by the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC for use by farmers to boost agriculture in the state be turned to private use by any government official.
Speaking at the commissioning of the tractors and equipment at Okuokoko, Uduaghan said the tools were government property and should only be used for the intended purpose, as he would not condone anything to the contrary.
Accompanied by the Commissioner for Special Duties (DESOPADEC), Mrs. Orezi Esievo, and other top government officials, the governor also went to Hussey College, Warri, where he commissioned the schoolâ€™s science block and 19 laboratory rooms renovated by DESOPADEC. and assured the school.
After listening to the address of the principal, Mr. Peter Okotie, he assured the school that government would do everything possible to develop the school to the status of a model school.
Contrary to recent scathing comments on DESOPADEC by some persons, the governor said the commission was working and commended both Mrs. Esievo and the chairman of the oil commission, Chief Wellington Okirika, for their commitment to duty.
Noting that there was a public outcry against the activities of DESOPADEC lately, Governor Uduaghan said: â€œI have stabilized DESOPADEC. I have properly refocused it now to carry out the mandate of infrastructural development of the oil communities.â€
He reemphasized the fact that the budget process of the commission should start with the oil communities in the different ethnic groups, warning that no member of the commission should sit in his house and come up with projects for the people without consulting them.
â€œIt should be bottom-to-up approach, not up-to-bottom approach; let the people say the projects they want, if thereâ€™s money to do it, we will do it, if thereâ€™s no money, we will look at the available resources and know how to spread.
But let us be sure of exactly what the people want,â€ he stressed.
The governor told those who believed that the commission was a big elephant , which they could continue to suck for eternity, that the party was over and appealed to Deltans to cooperate with government to actualize the vision of the developing the oil communities.