LEADERS of Ijaw oil producing communities in Delta state have rejected the proposed amendment bill of Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
Comrade Sheriff Mulade, who spoke on behalf of the leaders yesterday in Warri, Delta state, said the proposed amendment to place the commissioners on part-time and managing directors’ selection on senatorial level, was against the purpose the commission was established
Mulade pointed out that the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission was established by former Governor James Ibori to cater for the oil bearing communities and not for non-oil producing communities.
He explained that the commissioners are the only direct representatives of the communities in the board but if relegated to be on part-time it shows no one will be there to represent the people of Ijaw, Itsekiri, Urhobo, Isoko and Ndokwa who supposed to be the direct beneficiary of the interventionist agency.
Mulade noted that the new bill which seeks for appointment of managing directors on the basis of senatorial district will totally erase three ethnic groups of Delta south senatorial district from representation because the district is made up of Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko and Urhobo because it allows only three managing directors one from each of the districts.
He further stressed that the bill totally removed powers from the oil bearing communities to take care of their liabilities which is not too good. “So I urged members of the Delta State House of Assembly particularly those from Delta South senatorial district to rise against these sections in ensuring that they are all corrected for the benefits of the three major ethnic groups of the district”, he added.

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