By Emma Amaize
WARRI—DELTA State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has ordered officials of the newly restructured Delta State Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, who left with government vehicles to return them within 10 days.
Vanguard learnt, yesterday, that the interim management Board of DESOPADEC, led by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Delta State, Mr. R. Bayoko, had dispatched letters to this effect to the affected officials.
Secretary of IMB, Mr. P. Origho, confirmed the directive, when contacted yesterday, but pointed out that the Governor also approved the conversion to personal use of the vehicles legitimately attached to some specified officials.
“Besides the officially attached vehicles, all other vehicles in the custody of any staff of DESOPADEC are to be returned within 10 days,” he said.
He said the interim Board, comprising six Permanent Secretaries from the Delta Civil Service, had pruned down, the number of departments/units in the commission from about 17 to seven, after reviewing the problems that plagued them, amongst which were insufficient involvement of stakeholders in DESOPADEC affairs, undue political interference, general staff indiscipline, proliferation of departments, inadequate office accommodation, arbitrary recruitment, absence of a master plan, absence of staff career progression and schedule of duties.
Origho said, “at the moment, the interim board has re-appraised the human resource needs, financial strategy and projects selection, implementation and execution strategy of the commission and submitted an interim report to the Governor in the first week of September.”