.-Ogieh assures of more legacy projects, sues for sustenance
By Larry Mogbiyeteren, Boniface Nzesi Ossai & Francisca Egara Okoro
The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevweri has commended the unusual passion of the current Board of the State's Oil Development Commission, DESOPADEC, with regards to demand-driven project delivery.
He gave the commendation on Tuesday July 28, 2020 while formally commissioning an ultra modern national town hall at Ogume, Ndokwa West LGA.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the commissioning, the number one State Legislator said the quality of the projects being inaugurated was ample evidence of a proactive and pro-people Board, in a hurry to touch the lives of the people in the mandate areas.
He said the effort continues to give full vent to the agenda of building a Stronger Delta as enunciated by His Excellency the Governor of the State, Sen.Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, adding that their effort remained salutary, especially given the fact that they were just rounding off one year in office.
Also, the Founder of Novena University, Ogume, Delta's first private university, Dr. Chuks Ochonogor inaugurated a newly renovated block of 6-classrooms fully fitted with pupils' and teachers' desks and chairs, whiteboards, fans and sundry facilities at Ezedogume Primary School, Ogbe Ogume, Ndokwa West LGA.
The foremost edupreneur expressed delight at the vision of the Commission, through their son and Executive Director, Social Services, on the Board of DESOPADEC, Barr. Leonard Anoka, to prime education and make learning a worthwhile experience for tomorrow's leaders in the community.
Similarly, the Chairman of the Commission, Evang. Prince Michael Diden commissioned a solar-powered 20,000 litre water project scheme at Ebedei Uno, Ukwuani LGA, for use by the people, who were all joyful at the community-inspired project.
Cutting the tape to formally Commission the project, Evang. Hon. Diden declared that the mandate of the Commission was clear in the executive directive from the State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to make notable impact and touch the lives of the people in the mandate areas.
He said the current Board remained committed to this directive, even as it commemorates its first year anniversary soon.
He said the desire to bring development closer to and make same more impact-driven on the people was not negotiable. He therefore enjoined the people to take the projects as their own and protect them, in order for them to enjoy more from the Commission.
At Oliogo Umuseti, in Ndokwa West council area, the moving train berthed at the Oliogo Secondary School where the Managing Director/CEO, Bashorun Askia Ogieh cut the tape to commission the 1.52km perimeter fencing, water project and gate house of the community school, to the delight of the indigenes. Of note was the breath-taking perimeter fencing which met all parameters of excellence associated with DESOPADEC jobs.
Speaking, the Managing Director/CEO, DESOPADEC, Bashorun Askia Ogieh reiterated the message of owning and protecting projects in the various communities by the people, to encourage the Commission to do more for them.
He disclosed that the essence of the commissioning was to showcase what the Board had been able to do for the people of the oil bearing communities in this one year.
In his words, “You would recall we were inaugurated a year ago and we took it upon ourselves to take stock of where we are. And part of the stock-taking is the harvest of projects and transformation. This is the precedence and it is going to stand for about two weeks, this week and next week, to go round every ethnic nationality, to showcase what we have done and the things we have delivered.”
The DESOPADEC helmsman pleaded with the people to ensure proper protection of these projects as, according to him, whatever was being done now, was to meet the demands of the people at the points of their needs.
“It is our belief that since we have given what they demanded to them, they will as a people, protect these infrastructure because it is to their own benefit and will make their lives more meaningful,” he concluded.
He equally informed of the ongoing projects across the various oil bearing communities of the State, which ultimately would make the Board to return in no distant time, for the commissioning.
He said the tempo, which must be sustained, falls in line with the building of the Stronger Delta agenda of the State Governor and he encouraged the people to remain supportive of government’s effort at touching their lives.
At Ogume, One of the Community Leaders, Chief Sunday Achudume was full of praises for DESOPADEC, saying that the entire Ogume Community was indeed grateful and happy and advised that DESOPADEC should continue to do more infrastructural work for the benefit of the state.
For Mrs Ozo Florence, Woman Leader, “I am excited at the achievement of DESOPADEC in Ogume Community. I want to use this medium to appreciate His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and DESOPADEC for the show of love towards Ogume people,” she said.
On the train were the Executive Directors, Hon. Chief John Nani; Hon. Barr. Daniel Mayuku; Comr. Amb Shedrack Agediga; Barr. Leonard Anoka; Board Members representing Ndokwa nation on the Commission, Dr. Ossai Samuel Ochonogor, Hon. Christian Ikechukwu Akozor; Heads of Departments/Units, community chieftains as well as some political aides.