The Managing Director of Delta State Oil-Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Askia Ogieh has tasked community leaders to report all noticeable shoddy jobs by the Commission’s contractors to it for sanctions and possible determination. Unfolding his action plan for 2020 in a new year message to staff and stakeholders, Askia said the focus of DESOPADEC as a major plank of the Stronger Delta mantra, would “be on the tangibles and intangibles in providing for the needs of our people and meeting developmental aspirations of the various communities that form the oil-producing areas of the State”.
Askia said the Commission would be fully involved in the provision of healthcare facilities, educational and infrastructure development, as well as socio-economic welfare of the people throughout the year and in the coming years, adding that the interventionist agency was poised for greater accomplishments in the New Year despite the peculiar challenges facing the oil-producing communities. Speaking further, Askia said: “We intend to ensure that every facet of the wellbeing of our mandate areas are captured and executed in keeping with the overall developmental objectives of the Delta State Government.”
While appealing for cooperation from stakeholders, the DESOPADEC boss opined that “all these lofty projects earmarked for the year will be a mirage in the absence of peace and security. I am therefore pleading with all our traditional rulers, youth and community leaders to continue to maintain the peace in their various domains”. Askia asserted that development could only thrive and be fast-tracked in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. He said the commission had committed itself to effecting a new approach in discharging its responsibilities, adding that “our bottom-up approach will be sustained as regular consultations and liaison with community leaders, youth, and women groups will be the primary strategy in choosing the nature of projects to be executed in our communities.”
Reiterating that the era of management choosing and deciding projects for communities was in the past, Askia said “we have decided that communities must own and protect projects in their areas. In effect, it behoves on the community leaders to report all noticeable shoddy jobs by our contractors to us for sanctions and possible determination.”
Reassuring staff of management’s readiness to ensure that their welfare was of utmost importance and that all due entitlements would be accorded them, Askia pledged to run a transparent and people-oriented Commission “where we will be accountable at all times to all stakeholders”. He sued for continued support for the state government “as the principle of building a Stronger Delta through the provision of infrastructural and human capital development programmes and projects will guide our activities throughout the year”.