By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”ABIA State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji,Â weekend, inaugurated an 11-man board members for the newly established Abia State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ASOPADEC, an action that has raised the expectations that oil-producing communities in the state would now have a face-lift.
The oil communities, especially those in Ukwa West Local Government Area, have been crying out of being marginalised in the scheme of things, even when the greater chunk of the revenue accruing to the state comes from their soil.
The Commission was set up following the passing into law of the ASOPADEC Bill sponsored by House of Assembly, which has been assented by the Governor. The Bill was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Chinedum Elechi.
While inaugurating the board, Orji assured that ASOPADEC would bring succour to the oil-producing communities in the state by addressing their developmental challenges.
The Governor praised the communities for remaining calm even when restiveness reigned supreme in other parts of Niger Delta, adding that it was fair to give the people of the area part of the proceeds realized from the mineral in their land