Urhobo Groups Fault Ultimatum To Okowa Over DESOPADEC



THE seven-day ultimatum given to Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa by a coalition of Itsekiri groups threating to shut down the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), over an alleged unfair and inequitable distribution of projects, is not going down well with some Urhobo youths, who are of the opinion that the allegation does not reflect the true position in the Commission.

In a statement jointly signed by the President and Secretary of Urhobo Youth Development Initiative, Comrade Joseph Idama and Peter Waka; President and Secretary of Forum of Urhobo For Good Governance, Hon. Michael Otemu and Jude Ughabo, they noted that it was unfair of the Itsekiri people to cry of marginalisation in DESOPADEC, adding that Itsekiri, as an ethnic group, produced the immediate past Executive Chairman of the Commission and had benefitted in several ways.

“How can a tribe (Itsekiri) that produced the Board Chairman (Hon. Godwin Ebosa), Executive Director (Engr. Victor Oritsetimeyi Wood) and a Commissioner (Chief Thomas Ereyitomi) in the current DESOPADEC Commission talk of marginalisation? The Urhobos as a nation spread across eight Local Government Areas, including Warri South and Patani LGAs, produced only the Managing Director (Dr. Williams Makinde).

The Urhobos are in all the three federal constituencies in the state and as such, there is no reason why we should not be in majority in any recruitment exercise in the state. However, it is on record that salaries are being funded through ethnic accounts, which is not obtainable anywhere including the NDDC, which we are copying,” the statement said.

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