DESOPADEC Cancels ‘Free Money’ For The Physically Challenged in Delta
LAGOS JUNE 19TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Due to the present harsh economic condition in the country, the management of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC), yesterday said there is no provision for free money in the 2016 Budget.
The commission made this known when they met with the members of the physically challenged of Ijaw ethnic nationality at the commission’s office in Asaba.
The commission which was represented by the executive director, Social Services Development, Hon Ochor Chris Ochor, said that the commission for now cannot continue to give out money, for non-productive ventures, when there are other vital needs to be attended to.
Hon Ochor who has reacting to the demands of the physically challenged to be properly empowered for the 2016 Christmas celebration funds for the physically challenged in the mandate areas, said that for the year 2016, such provision was not made.
He said that it was on record that the level of federal allocation to state is determined by the level of production of oil. “What you get is based on what you produce,” he said.
Ochor, said for now, DESOPADEC is not like in the past, where money was available, as the reduction in oil prices and productions is affecting what comes to the commission.
Hon Ochor used the occasion to call on the youths on behalf of the commission to stop the destruction of the oil facilities in the state, as every oil facility destroyed, affects the revenue of the state negatively.
Meanwhile, Benekrukru women of Ijaw extraction have protested the continued presence of soldiers in Gbaramatu Kingdom, alleging molestation, rape and other criminal acts against them in the community.