In line with his passion to provoke a holistic development and transformation of the Ndokwa nation, the deputy speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi has called on oil and gas host communities in Ndokwa to lend their support to the overall development of the area and stop limiting their agitations and requests to the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
Hon. Osanebi gave the charge in his office in Asaba when he received the leaders of Ndokwa host communities who were on a solidarity visit.
The deputy speaker, who bemoaned the uncoordinated approach of leaders and groups of Ndokwa to the development of the area, called for more synergy for the purpose of development and challenged the leaders to broaden their horizon and see beyond DESOPADEC, noting that there were other companies and groups that are oil and gas related in Ndokwa that have not yet affected the area positively.
He also reiterated the need for a unified body for Ndokwa youths and stressed that he would not bow to any form of pressure from any quarter that would make him share the money meant for community youths for surveillance with non-community youth groups.
According to him, “I was not a hungry man before I joined politics. We can do better in Ndokwa land if we are all united. Position and promotion come from God. He has well positioned us to help our people.
“You are limiting yourselves to DESOPADEC. There must be coordinated pressure on requests from you on oil companies that have impacted on our people.”
He added: “I heard that some of our youths went to protest in Warri and were accusing me of diverting money, trying to tarnish my image for their selfish reasons. They should go ahead and bring details because no pressure from any quarter can make me give community youth money meant for pressure groups. Our youths must unite to have a recognised head.”
He further noted that he had so far employed over 87 Ndokwa people since he assumed office as deputy speaker.
Earlier, the spokesman of the group, Deacon Okolo Emeke told the deputy speaker that they had come to thank him for influencing political appointments to their members.
Emeke thanked the deputy speaker for facilitating the appointment of Ndokwa indigenes into the DESOPADEC board, and further expressed joy and satisfaction over his role during the amendment of the law establishing DESOPADEC that favours the position and aspiration of Ndokwa people.
They also thanked him for his continuous struggle for the adjustment of the initial captioned quantum of Ndokwa nation to the supposed and current quantum in the dissemination of resources in DESOPADEC.

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