The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Bashorun Askia Ogieh, has disclosed that the Commission is set to establish DESOPADEC Academy, where youths of

its mandate areas would be trained to become experts in various skills. 


He made the disclosure in an address at the grand finale of DBS Song Of The Year Show, held at Redeemed Men Fellowship Multipurpose Event Centre, Warri, on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

The DESOPADEC helmsman who was represented at the occasion by the Head, Media and Public Affairs Unit of the Commission, Mrs Chinenye Ezonfade, said that the training exposure would not only make them entrepreneurs and employers of labour but also help them become self-sustaining while contributing to the economy of Delta State.

According to him, “I can guarantee that successful trainees will be well kitted to take off and become Engineers and designers, or they may decide to give themselves such other appellations or big titles that fit them. After all, tailors are now fashion designers, our car mechanics are engineers-all without seeing the four walls of the polytechnics and universities.

Who cares? “All we care about is for our youths to be self-sustaining through their handworks while contributing to growing the economy of our State. I am sure our experts who are putting this together will accommodate graduates and non-graduates, who may be interested in The ACADEMY.”

While commending Delta Broadcasting Service for putting up the Show, Bashorun Ogieh expressed the desire of DESOPADEC under his watch, to continue to partner with DBS in the Talent Hunt, as according to him, the younger generation has the latent talent, desire, and drive to excel even in the most inclement and competitive environment as could be seen from the experience of Nollywood, Nigeria’s indigenous motion picture industry that rose from nothing to become a global brand and the third-largest film industry in the world.


He therefore urged the participants to embrace the show with all sense of purpose and humility, in order to achieve their passion to become budding super stars of the future.

In his words, “I have no doubt that right before us here are some of the most creative, resourceful, energetic and bourgeoning entertainment brands the world is waiting for. For those who could not make the finals, it is not an indication of any less creativity. I am sure that if the judges had their way, every one of you would have been declared winners. But truly, everybody is a winner because the vast world awaits you.”


Earlier, in his welcome address, the General Manager of Delta Broadcasting Services, Warri, Pastor Malcolm Oteri had profusely expressed the appreciation of the management of DBS to the MD/CEO, DESOPADEC, for making the Show a reality by donating the sum of One Million Naira.

He went down memory lane to recount how DESOPADEC came to their aid, as according to him, the Show would have been rested but for the encouragement from DESOPADEC and other spirited organizations.

He informed the gathering that the idea of this show came after the frustration suffered during the tenure of the former GM, Mr. Tunde Omonode who set up the DBS Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, but met a gridlock when the state government decided that the festival could not hold in Warri.
According to him, when he became the acting General Manager, he asked Mrs. Obese Isonguyo to rebrand the idea of the festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and that gave birth to the DBS Song Of The Year Talent Show.

He said the objective of the Show was to help discover youths who are talented in music and to help them take their minds off crime.
At the end of the grand finale which started with 49 contestants in 2019, Mr. Ese Amadasun was declared the winner with the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira while Master Kelvin Illesanmi became the first runner up with the prize of a portable plasma TV in his kitty and Miss Kate Ogele went home with a rechargeable standing fan, as the second runner up.


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