Represented at the epoch making occasion by the Managing Director of the Commission, Olorogun Williams Makinde, the Governor expressed great delight at a dream translated into reality in the aftermath of the complete submerge of the former palace of the traditional ruler by flood sometime in 2012, a situation that became an emergency and needed the swift intervention of the state via the Commission in that regard.
The Governor used the occasion to thank the people in the council area and indeed the kingdom for their massive support, with an assurance that more developmental initiatives were in the offing for them. He therefore urged all Deltans to continue keeping and sustaining the peace for the prosperity agenda to cascade to every nook and cranny of the state.
Speaking in his capacity as Managing Director of the Commission, Olorogun Williams Makinde disclosed that henceforth the new objective of the Commission regarding projects is ‘Complete and Commission’ as there is no longer room for abandoned projects or such as have no time limit for completion in the new thinking of the Board anymore.
Earlier on, the royal host, His Majesty, Matthew E. Egbi JP, Owahwa II, the Okobaro of Ughievwen (Jeremi), had expressed great delight at the unusual but timely intervention of the State Government through the state-owned Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, in constructing from the scratch a brand new ultra modern palace to serve as the custodial repertoire of the Ugievwen people. The monarch recalled the very visible involvement of the dynamic Governor in ensuring that within months, the project was a reality to be proud of. He therefore saluted the courage, commitment and creativity of the state and indeed DESOPADEC in actualizing the SMART agenda of the Governor.
Also making his remarks on the new palace was the Executive Director, Pst. Philip Gbasin who disclosed that the architectural and sundry engineering designs were carried out by in-house staff of the Commission. He added that the essence of the project was for it to be sustainable to meet current and future needs of the people, including maintenance cost. He equally commended the contractor for an excellent quality delivery of the project within record time.
Highpoint of the event was the conferment of chieftaincy titles by the Okobaro on the Managing Director as the ‘Esivwenoja of Ughievwen kingdom’ (the harbinger of good deeds) and on the Member representing Urhobo in Ughelli South LGA on the Board of the Commission, Chief Amos Itihwe, as the ‘Emuyovwenkherohwo of Ughievwen kingdom’ (the one in whose time good things spring forth).
Present at the well attended event were the Governor of the State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa ably represented by the managing Director of DESOPADEC, Olorogun Williams Makinde; Hon. Comr. Reuben Izezzi, Member representing Ughelli South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly; Executive Director, Projects, DESOPADEC, Pst. Philip Gbasin; Executive Director, Social Services, DESOPADEC, Hon. Christopher Ochor Ochor; Member representing Urhobo Nationality on the Board of DESOPADEC, Chief Amos Itihwe; Heads of Infrastructure and Works Department, Press Unit, Social Services Department., and Community Development&Public Enlightenment Department, Engineer Eclarke, Mr. Rutherford Adowei, Pst. Emmanuel Ebiboh and Ms. Flora Ubeku in that order. Representing Urhobo Nationality on the Board of DESOPADEC, Chief Pius Ovbije; Also present are Their Majesties, the Okobaro of Ughievwen, the Owhrode of Olomu, the Ovie of Ughelli, the Ovie of Olleh, the Ovie of Uzere, the Ovie of Udu, the Ovie of Effurun-Otor, the Ovie of Arhawarhien and the Ovie of Okparebe kingdoms.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion include Archbishop God-do-well Awomakpa, Archbishop Arikoro, Archbishop Arhawahrien and a handful of other clerics, traditional chiefs, prominent sons and daughters of the kingdom.
THE OREROKPE DESOPADEC ZONAL AND AREA OFFICES
The harvest of commissioning also took the Governor’s entourage to Orerokpe, headquarters of Okpe Local Government Area of the state where the ultra-modern Zonal Office of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC was officially opened for use.
Represented by the Executive Director, Projects in the Commission, Pastor Philip Gbasin, the Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa commended the Commission for erecting such a befitting edifice to solve, once and for all, the nagging challenge of office accommodation being faced by staff in the area. He enjoined the staff to put the structure to profitable use.
Responding on behalf of the traditional ruler of the area, the spokesman of the Palace of the Orodje of Okpe kingdom, thanked the Commission for putting such a magnificent edifice in place in the town. He however raised some issues deserving of the Commission’s attention regarding the zonal office to avoid vandalism. These include security and lack of electricity in the area. He therefore requested the Commission to critically consider these issues and address them with the seriousness and emergency they deserve.
The Executive Director, Projects, Pastor Philip Gbasin, who was flanked at the occasion by the Executive Director, Social Services, Hon. Christopher Ochor Ochor, assured the palace and the entire staff in the zonal area of plans to put a formidable security network in place to protect lives and property. On the issue of the lack of electricity, he said the relevant authority would be consulted to address the concern.
Also in the entourage were the Heads of Infrastructure and Works Department, Engineer Eclarke, Press Unit, Mr. Rutherford Adowei, Social Services Department, Pst. Emmanuel Ebiboh, and Community Development& Public Enlightenment Department, Ms. Flora Ubeku in that order.
JETTY AT BENNETH ISLAND (SALVATION CITY)
The previous day, the Management of DESOPADEC, comprising the Chairman, Godwin Ebosa ably represented by the Managing Director, Chief Williams Makinde; the Commissioner representing Ijaw Ethnic Nationality, Chief Favour Izuokumor; Executive Director Projects, Philip Yerinnene Gbasin; Executive Director Social Services Development, Hon. Ochor .C. Ochor; H.O.D Social Services, Pastor Ferdinand Ebiboh; H.O.D Community Development, Culture & Tourism, Ubeku Flora, some Staff and the Community representatives were present to witness the commissioning of a Concrete Landing Jetty at Salvation City.
The people of Salvation City Community welcomed the Management and Staff of DESOPADEC and expressed their profound gratitude towards the project that has come to them and pray that more projects like low-cost houses, schools, roads, solar power street lights be sited in their community.
In response, the Chairman, represented by the Managing Director of DESOPADEC, Chief Williams Makinde appreciated their joy and told them that more developmental projects will be brought to them and surrounding Communities.
The MD said that peace brings development and therefore urged them to continue to embrace peace for sustainable development in their community.
The Commissioner representing Ijaw Ethnic Nationality, Chief Favour Izuokumor gave a brief remark, thanking the Management and promised that his people will give the Government maximum cooperation; helping to secure oil facilities.