By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia—ABIA State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, ASOPADEC, has empowered over 1000 youths from the area through its programme known as youth/security empowerment scheme, Chairman of the commission, Samuel Nwogu, has said.
He also said the commission has embarked on a number of development projects scattered across the oil producing communities.
Nwogu disclosed this in an interactive session with journalists in the commission’s office in Umuahia, where he also reviewed the activities of the commission.
The 11-man Nwogu board was inaugurated on March 11, 2010, by Governor Theodore Orji.
“Since we are people-oriented, we have taken off with projects that have direct bearing to the welfare of the people in the oil producing communities, who are mostly impoverished,” Nwogu said.
He disclosed that the people-oriented development projects were carried out in the areas of infrastructure, education, health and promotion of culture.
Nwogu announced that 60 “badly dilapidated school blocks” were being renovated in the oil producing communities.