Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, at the weekend, charged the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to execute projects that would add value to the socio-economic lives of host communities in the state.

Okowa gave the charge at Government House Asaba, while swearing-in a new member of the commission, Bright Abeke, who replaced the late Joyce Overah that died earlier in the year.


The governor said he was impressed with the interventions of DESOPADEC in oil-bearing communities, and noted that the best way to address the needs of the people was to carry them along in the conceptualisation of projects.

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He, therefore, urged the Managing Director of DESOPADEC and its commissioners to continue to stay in touch with the people to ensure that development projects undertaken by the commission emanated from the grassroots.


Okowa maintained that despite economic downturn, his administration would continue to prioritise infrastructure transformation of the creeks and coastal communities because of their contributions to the state and national economy.

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While advocating that the best way to ensure peace and unity in the oil producing communities was to attract landmark projects to the areas, he admonished the people to remain calm to enable them to reap more dividends of democracy.


He also congratulated Abeke on his appointment, screening and successful swearing-in, even as he urged him to work with the leadership of the commission to attract development to Sapele and other oil bearing communities in the state.

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Speaking at the swearing in ceremony, Abeke applauded the governor and other stakeholders for finding him worthy to serve, and promised to synergise with others to fashion out ways of impacting positively on the socio-economic lives of people of the communities.


Abeke, until his appointment, was Special Assistant to the governor on Youths Development.




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