By Emma ARUBI
WARRI- THE Itsekiri and Urhobo ethnic nationalities in Delta State yesterday task the board and management of the state oil intervention agency, DESOPADEC on ensuring that all projects awarded in their mandate areas are executed to the letters.
They also charged the Commission to ensure that only projects whose cash allocation is readily available are awarded to enable the contractors to mobilize to site for job execution, saying that where jobs are awarded to a known community contractor who declines to mobilize to site due to lack of mobilization fees, the communities readily holds that contractors responsible for undue delays in job execution.
Both ethnic nationalities made these remarks at the DESOPADEC Town Hall meetings held for the Urhobos of Delta Central and Itsekiris of Delta South district at the Wellington hotel, Effurun and the Mismate hall at Chief Eyewoma residence, Esisi road, Warri.
They stated that job abandonment is a function of lack of funding from the Agency with banks not willing to finance such project due to DESOPADEC failure to honour their financial obligations to their contractors.
One of the women argued that women can be easily empowered with little cash loan to set up their business and even trained through vocational centres while the youths should be trained at skills acquisitions centres for various trades.
President of Itsekiri Development Association, IDA, Comrade Newuwumi Omolubi, on his part advised the Commission to drop all Engineers monitoring and issuing certificate of job completion for jobs not executed in the Itsekiri areas, even as he charged the Commission to dismiss any staff of the agency deployed to Itsekiris rural areas that declines to resume work.
He said what the Itsekiris needed most was land reclamation in their areas.
President of the Itsekiri Natioanl Youth Congress, INYC, Hon. David Tonwe warned that any contractor that further defaults on project execution in Itsekiri land would have his contract terminated henceforth.
Chairman of DESOPADEC, Mr. Kpogho assured the people that all their submission are well taken, noting that commission was desirous of getting their input into the 2012 budget in a bottom –up manner to ensure that only projects requested by the various ethnic groups are awarded to them as legacy projects.