DESOPADEC recognizes that education is the foundation upon which developmental endeavours revolve. The desire to enhance the capacity of the people of the mandate areas in terms of quality education in science and technology propelled the zeal to improve on the education facilities in the areas.
It then engaged in massive construction and rehabilitation of classroom blocks in schools, provision of school furniture and books, supply of science equipment, purchase and installation of computers in secondary schools to facilitate ICT awareness, and provision of bursary to students in tertiary institutions. Besides, two batches of Students were sent for further studies in America under the DESOPADEC fully funded Scholarship Programme in the Areas of Science, Engineering, and Agriculture. The first set of ten (10) scholars graduated in ICT last December 2011. In this sector, a total of 194 school blocks and hostels across the mandate area have been completed.
In a bid to improve on the Socio-economic life of people in the mandate areas, the Commission is engaged in the rehabilitation and extension of electrification schemes with the purchase and installation of transformers in rural areas. Installation of streetlights using solar power in rural and sub-urban areas has served aesthetics and security needs; commercial activities have also increased in the affected communities. A total of 18 energy related projects have been completed so far in this sector.
In the area of healthcare, the Commission has built, rehabilitated and furnished health centres in the mandate areas. Health care facilities and free medical services were provided for communities where none existed prior to the inception of the Commission. Indeed, there has been implementation of an annual Free Medical Scheme in target communities across the mandate areas since 2008 till date. The scheme involves free consultation, treatment, drugs, eye and dental care and surgery as well. Medical equipment and drugs were supplied to existing health centres. Ambulance vans were also purchased and distributed to various hospitals in the mandate areas, to enhance service delivery. A total of 28 health related projects have been completed so far in this sector.
DESOPADEC is concerned with a better intra and inter community roads and riverine transport network. In this connection, internal roads have been constructed in deserving oil-producing communities, while landing jetties were constructed in strategic locations to facilitate riverine transport of goods and services. Three hundred (300) Tricycles were purchased and distributed for use in the Warri metropolis, and communities in Ndokwa/Ukwani, to enhance transportation services and youth employment and empowerment as well.
Also, a number of earth moving equipment were purchased and are being used for road maintenance work and also for Hiring to aid productive activities and employment. All together, 88 internal roads/drainage projects have so far been completed across the mandate area.
Communities where natural habitats were devastated by oil exploration are being resettled through community resettlement programmes. Blocks of flats of different categories have been constructed to achieve this purpose. Hostels were also built in tertiary and sport institutions to lessen the challenges of accommodation for students and athletes from the mandate areas. Police stations were also renovated while new ones were built desiring communities to improve accommodation for police officers and enhance security. So far, 72 housing projects have been completed in this sector, across the mandate area.
JOB CREATION, EMPOWERMENT AND MICRO CREDIT
To cater for the incidence of insecurity due to idleness and unemployment, jobs have been provided for 2,950 Deltans from the mandate areas and 1% of which are none Deltans, work in the Commission. Youths have been empowered through the provision of welding machines and Women engaged through micro-credit schemes. 100 youths, out of a target 500 in the first instance, have been trained and provided with gadgets to trade through the deployment of the Point of Sale (POS) terminal. This is in anticipation of a smooth transition to a cashless society. Also, the deployment of tricycles in the Warri Urban centre and Ndokwa/Ukwani communities as stated earlier will further empower youths in the mandate area.
Other areas where the Commission has intervened are Provision of water infrastructure and establishment of Agricultural farms. Indeed, 25 portable solar powered water projects have so far been completed. DESOPADEC, in partnership with the Delta State Economic Reintegration Programme (DESERP), has established piggery and fisheries.
The pig farm in Ugbuangwe, fish farm in Ugboroke, and the poultry at Benekuku have engaged well over 300 youths in entrepreneurial development and empowerment.
A modern market has also been built to empower 100 women and youths at Ugbuangwe near NPA in Warri. The project is ready for commissioning.
The Commission has intervened in environmental sanitation by partnering with Local Government in Warri, Sapele, Effurun, and Udu in solid waste management. The waterways in Warri metropolis are constantly swept of water hyacinth by DESOPADEC, using the Commissions’ two (2) giant aquatic weed harvesters.