By Austin Ogwuda
Asaba—DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has sent back to the state House of Assembly for re-appointment, names of members of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, sacked by the legislators.
Six members of the immediate past board, including the erstwhile chairman, made the new list sent to the House for screening and confirmation, while three others did not make the new list.
Those on the list include Mr. Oritsua Kpogho, returned as Chairman. Others were Mr. Michael Diden, Kingsley Otuaro, Dr. Henry Ofa, Joseph Ogeh, Chukwudi Eke, Kenny Ekenechukwu Okolugbo, Festus Utuama and Chief Christopher Obiuwevbi.
Dropped from the former list of board members sacked by the lawmakers were Johnson Dafelite Boro, Benedicta Izuegbu and Dr. Peter Egedigbe .
Members of the State House of Assembly had, during sitting last September 12, sacked the former 9-member Commission, led by Mr. Oritsua Kpogho, which was inaugurated by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan on August 25 last year, after the exit of the pioneer Chairman, Chief Wellington Okirika.
The House had moved a motion stating: “This honourable House, in accordance with section 12 of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission Act, 2006, as amended, do hereby dissolve the DESOPADEC Board with immediate effect for lack of performance and total inefficiency of duty.”
The nominees are to be screened on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Delta State Commissioner for Special Duties (DESOPADEC), Mr. Timi Tonye, has assured Deltans that the 50% of the 13% oil derivation fund of the state allocated to DESOPADEC by the state government was being judiciously expended for the benefit of oil producing areas.
He said at a press briefing in Asaba: “Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, was established by law of Delta State House of Assembly in 2008 as an interventionist agency to assist in redirecting the age-long neglect of the oil producing area of Delta State.”