Leaders of Ijaw oil producing communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West local government area of Delta State, have protested alleged diversion of funds meant for projects in their communities in the 2016 budget proposal of the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
In a letter to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the leader alleged plot by some persons in Gbaramatu to manipulate funds meant for developmental projects to another unprofitable project, which is detrimental to the host communities.
Signed by Comrade Sheriff Mulade, Chief James Tangbowei, Chief Mosco Johnny and several other leaders, they said “ We the chairmen and members of oil producing communities of Gbaramatu Kingdom (hosts to Abiteye, Utonana, Makaraba, Jones Creek, Egwa and Odidi Flowstations/Wellheads), hereby condemn, in strong terms, the surreptitious moves by the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, to impose projects on the host communities”.
“Our findings have shown that some leaders and top government officials have concluded plans to divert the allocations accruing to the host communities to build a modular refinery in the area and thereafter claim ownership”.
According to them “ We make bold to state that this project is misplaced and it is an explicit display of wickedness because the communities have already sent their priority projects to the agency as such, we reject this project”
They urged the agency to do the right thing to engender peace and development in the host communities because DESOPADEC was created to develop the host communities. However, we will not fold our arms and watch the Delta State Government to take away our right by way of politicizing development projects in oil and gas bearing communities.

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