Leaders of oil producing communities, also known as Host communities of Nigeria oil and gas, HOSTCOM, have rejected a new bill submitted by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to the State House of Assembly to scrap the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, DESOPADEC.
A founding member and patron of HOSTCOM, Chief Moses Irimisose, who spoke on behalf of the leaders yesterday in Warri, said the bill was never supported by the oil communities.
The leaders noted that the bill which has been abandoned by the House of Assembly was conceived to cause trouble in the oil communities.
They also accused a former chairman of DESOPADEC, Chief Wellington Okirika for supporting the bill, asking what stopped Okirika from implementing it when he was chairman of DESOPADEC under Uduaghan’s government.
Irimisose said DESOPADEC was never an interim arrangement as claimed by Okirika and others, maintaining that Edo, Ondo, Rivers, and others oil states were not operating commission as an interim arrangement.
According to him “Okirika was aware that DESPADEC since it was established has not been getting the approved 50% of the 13% derivation adequately provided by the law, he never fought against it, so the issues now should be where are the unremitted funds and not any deceitful reformation to protect the interest of an individual “.
Irimisose thanked the Delta State House of Assembly for not passing the bill, which is completely the collective interest of Host communities in Delta State.

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