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Published On: Sat, Jul 19th, 2014

Crisis Looms in DESOPADEC over Alleged Kpogho’s Withholding of Worker’s N200m

LAGOS JULY 19TH (URHOBOLAND) Crisis is looming in Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) as workers of the intervention agency are spoiling for war over alleged withholding of their N200m by DESOPADEC Chairman, Mr Oritsuwa Kpogho.
Report reaching Urhobotoday an online medium revealed that the workers are accusing Kpogho of withholding the account of two cooperative society operating in the Commission since August, 2013. The two cooperative societies are DESOPADEC Nationality Multipurpose Society and DESOPADEC Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Society.
Urhobotoday investigation discovered that the directive to suspend the account of the two cooperative societies came last August 2013 with the hope that the account would be audited for better performance within a short time.
Amazing to the workers, almost a year after, the Executive Chairman of DESOPADEC, Mr. Kpogho ignored every plea to lift the ban as cooperators continue to contribute to the account by way of monthly deductions which they cannot access as workers continue to suffer untold hardship leading to the death of two staff recently.
Urhobotoday learnt that the two cooperative societies which has over N10, 000,000 each have accumulated monthly deduction amounting to over N200,000,000 since August last year.
DESOPADEC workers spoken complained of Mr Kpogho’s highhandedness in the management of the commission and his negative attitude towards staff since his assumption of office against the backdrop that he was a former staff of the Commission.
Urhobotoday correspondent visit to the Commission’s Headquarters in Warri revealed palpable tension as aggrieved workers are spoiling for a showdown with the Management of DESOPADEC over the delay in lifting the suspension to enable cooperators have access to credit to meet their pressing needs hence the board is reluctant to grant any incentives to workers as the case with similar organizations.
Attempts by Urhobotoday to get across to Kpogho on telephone was abortive, while text messages sent to hear his own side of the story were not replied.

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