WARRI- A team of Americans, led by the Political and Economic Officer of the American Embassy in Nigeria, Helena P. Schrader, which visitedÂ Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) in Warri, yesterday, to assess its projects and find out areas of cooperation and assistance from the United States, has commended the commissionâ€™s efforts.
â€œI am glad, I thank you for what you are doing. I wish other oil commissions can emulate you. You are imparting the peoplesâ€™ lives positively and we shall encourage investors to come. The place is peaceful,â€ Schrader, who was accompanied by Mr. Daniel Horning stated.
Some of the projects inspected were the renovated police staff quarters at â€œAâ€ Division, Warri, Miller Water side road, Warri Club Jetty, DEOPADEC ongoing head office complex, completed blocks of classrooms and laboratory at Hussey College, Cavagina Primary School block of classrooms among others.
Omatshola Primary School block of classrooms, all in Warri and block of class rooms at Our Ladys College, Effurun amongst others.
She, however, appealed that the commission should more interest educational projects with basic amenities to make a better learning environment in the future for students DESOPADEC chairman, Chief Wellington Okirikra who called for foreign support for said, â€œOur agency, as you have seen, has embarked on over 1000 projects with over 600 competed and over 300 commissioned by the Governor of the State. In the next two months, we expect more projects to be completed, there is peace in Delta State now and you can confirm thatâ€.
â€œIn the riverine areas, due to its nature, we adopted the air-to-water equipment because it produces better water. In the past,Â a lot of American investors have visited our state but they complained that the American Embassy has warned them to be careful, we appeal that you give them positive report as you have seen here so that in no time they will come and invest hereâ€ the DESOPADEC Boss added.
The DESOPADEC Chairman who was accompanied by commissioners of the agency and several senior aides promised all the schools visited of water projects, toilets and power generating sets to make learning better.