Obehie (Abia)â€”Abia State Government has been enjoined to give the chairmanship of the newly-created Abia State Oil-Producing Area Development Commission, ASOPADEC, to the oil-rich Ukwa West Local Government Area.
The Traditional Ruler of Asa South Community in Ukwa West Council Area, Eze John Ahuruonye, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Obehie, the council headquarters.
Ahuruonye said that the chairmanship of ASOPADEC should be the exclusive preserve of the people of Ukwa West, being the core oil-bearing area of Abia. He said, â€œit is right and just that an Asa man or an indigene of Ukwa West, being the only oil-producing area, should be the chairman of the Commission.
â€œAn indigene of the area, if appointed as chairman, will not fail to do what the people expect because he already knows the needs of the area,â€ he said. The traditional ruler alleged that the area had suffered â€œneglect and marginalisation.â€™â€™
He said, â€œit is painful that we do not enjoy the benefits of our God-given resources,â€ expressing hope that the creation of ASOPADEC would bring succour to the oil-bearing communities.