By Onome Oghenetega
The Delta State Oil Producing Development Commission (DESOPADEC) has refuted claims that the commission was in distress under the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration.
Opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently alleged that the interventionist agency under the Okowa’s government has failed to deliver on its mandate to oil bearing communities in the state.
The party further alleged that the commission was in distress and was becoming moribund following the manner the commission was being run under the PDP-led government of Governor Okowa.
But reacting to the allegations on Thursday, Head of Media & Public Affairs Unit,
DESOPADEC, Mrs Chinenye Ezonfade, said Delta APC claims on the activities of the commission were totally false and untrue.
Ezonfade stated that the commission has recorded giant strides in critical infrastructure and human capital development under the present administration.
She noted that the commission under Okowa has been proactively reengineered to deliver on its mandate to the people of the state.
“This acclaimed practice has ensured that there are no abandoned projects throughout our mandate areas and a happy and fulfilled beneficiaries.
“Let us state very clearly that the Governor does not interfere in the running of the Commission, instead his support and encouragement have been a tonic responsible for our modest successes. Therefore, a normal staff audit, that every responsible corporate body should carry out at intervals, should not be cause for infantile innuendos.
“In every sector that spans housing, education, power, water, land reclamation, transportation, health, and human capital development, the Commission has been minded to make an indelible impact in the mandate areas, all of which are well documented in print and electronic media.
“The APC should dare and be open-minded to watch our weekly flagship 30-minute television programme titled, “DESOPADEC WEEKLY” and also read our monthly newsmagazine, “DESOPADEC NEWS,” the commission stated.
The commission highlighted some of its interventions to include concrete landing jetty at Ajigba, Warri South LGA, Ultra-Modern Opute Hall, Ozoro, Isoko North LGA, Cottage Hospital, Agoloma-Patani, Patani LGA, Edion Hall, Orerokpe, Okpe LGA, 1.85km Perimeter Fencing at Oliogo Secondary School, Oliogo Umuseti, Ndokwa West LGA among others.