DELTA State Governor, Dr. IfeanyiOkowa has been alerted of activities of local champions who have hijacked Delta State Oil and Gas Development Commission and deviated from the statutory obligations and its mandate.
According to Chief Rita Lori, “this is the time to correct this rot and endemic corruption that has become the bane of DESOPADEC, noting that “no body know the actual amount of money that accrues to the Commission, just as nobody knows the bases of calculation of the so-called 13 percent?.
The Igba of Warri kingdom, Chief (Mrs) Rita Lori-Ogbebor made this call yesterday at the Rewane villa, Warri, while addressing a mammoth crowd of stakeholders from the Oil and Gas Producing Host Communities from the Itsekiri, Ijaw, Isoko, Urhobo and Ndokwa ethnic nationalities.
She said her worries was to ensure that only credible persons from the Oil and Gas Producing Areas of the state should be appointed to the Board of the intervention agency and not just politicians or any Deltan.
Chief Rita Lori said DESOPADEC is not meant for all Deltans but only oil and gas bearing communities and ethnic nationalities that suffers the hazardous and devastating effects of oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities in the State, noting that “persons so appointed to the Board must be acceptable to the people of the oil bearing communities”.
The woman leader said local champions have hijacked the Commission and deviated from the statutory obligations and mandate of the agency and “this is the time to correct this rot and endemic corruption that has become the bane of DESOPADEC, noting that “no body know the actual amount of money that accrues to the Commission, just as nobody knows the bases of calculation of the so-called 13 percent?.
She expressed regrets that the DESOPADEC she fought for with her hard earned money has become another source of money making for politicians and all manner of persons even from non-oil producing communities, saying that “we shall no longer tolerate this injustice from anybody government”.
She noted that for the benefits of DESOPADEC to get to the real people by way massive infrastructural development, empowerment to get to the people, the Ijaws, Itsekiri, Isoko and Ndokwa oil bearing communities must stop fighting themselves and unite to forge a common front, saying that “while they are busy fooling themselves by fighting, the enemies are neck deep milking away their commonwealth and developing their areas and enriching themselves”.
Chief Rita Lori who said she intends to start the 2nd battle for the survival of DESOPADEC also questioned the rationale behind why the state government decides to unilaterally deduct 50% of the 13% for the alleged development of other parts of the state, saying that “henceforth, we shall negotiate down that government 50 percent to 30 percent as the money is not for all Deltans but for those devastated by oil exploitation activities”.