Executive Director, Social Services Development, on the Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, (DESOPADEC), Hon. Ochor Chris Ochor, has said that the Commission is in good working relationship with other public and private agencies in Nigeria.
Hon. Ochor made this known, when the commission held an advocacy meeting with members of the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) and Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), in Warri, recently.
According to the Executive Director, in other for the commission to work efficiently and meet the needs of the people within the mandate areas, the commission has established a harmonious working relationship with other related agencies of government, such as the ministry of Environment, the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), the Niger Delta Ministry and Women Affairs Ministry, amongst others, with a view to accelerating the development of the Niger Delta Area.
Ochor further noted that the area of synergy with these agencies, would increase once the State House of Assembly Approves the 2016 budget of the commission, which would ensure the availability of funds and facilitate the expansion of the relationship to sister agencies in Imo, Edo and other states where Oil Producing Areas Development Commissions have already been established.
“This current board is working in line with the objectives setting it up and is exploring all possible avenues to ensure that it meets up with the objectives,” he said.
While commending the group for carrying out a study and making recommendations for proper organizational management, the DESOPADEC top man said that the present commission had decided to be transparent by ensuring that activities of Commission were always in the public domain by constant updating of the commission’s website.
On the issue of uncompleted projects, the Executive Director said that it was the policy of the commission to see that those projects are completed and commissioned, which informed the decision to allocate and dedicate 60 percent of the budget to ongoing projects and 40 percent to new projects, in addition to the “Bottom Up Approach” of the board members, where the needs of the people will be considered in citing and executing of any project.
“The Board has taken a decision that all ongoing projects will be continued, completed and commissioned and that is why 60 percent of the budget was allocated in 2016 budget and 40 percent to new jobs”, he concluded.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Mr. Leo Atakpu, had called for synergy between the commission and advocacy groups, as well as other related bodies in the country, adding that an investigative survey carried out to establish the level of relationship between state establishments and Non-governmental organizations revealed a lack of synergy among agencies working to develop the Niger Delta Area.