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Published On: Tue, Jul 14th, 2015

Okowa Dissolves DESOPADEC Board, Promises to Restructure Agency

LAGOS JULY 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-The Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPPADEC), has been dissolved by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa with immediate effect.
The dissolution was contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Festus Agas.
The statement directed all members of the commission to hand over all government property including vehicles in their possession to the secretary of the commission.

Governor Okowa had promised to give strength to the DESOPADEC law despite the fact that ex-Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan had sent earlier bill to restructure the commission.
He assured that he would restructure the Board and Management of the commission in line with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and model through an Amendment Bill.
‘’SMART is not so much a new policy as it is a new approach to address our most pressing needs. It will sustain and deepen the policy of less dependency on oil and lay a solid foundation for economic growth and infrastructural development,’’ Okowa stated.
Stakeholders say the position of Governor Okowa might force the members of the Delta State House of Assembly who have gone far with the bill sent by the erstwhile Governor to jettison the earlier bill on the commission to the Assembly.
However, the bill sent by Uduaghan had been generating a lot of controversies in the state forcing him to warn critics of government to stop politicising the scrapping of DESOPADEC as speculated in some parts of the state.
He advised the critics of the issue and should read the provisions of the bill properly instead of blackmailing government and misleading the masses.

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