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DESOPADEC Board: Ijaw communities vow legal action against Okowa

08 September 2015, Ughelli – Oil producing Ijaw communities in Delta State under the aegis of Flow Station/Well Head Host Ijaw Communities have said it would drag the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to court if he fails to revisit the composition of the Governing Board of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC.

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

Spokesperson of the communities, Sheriff Mulade in a statement, said that the composition of the board was lopsided as the Ijaws were not given a fair share, not minding the fact that they produce the largest crude oil quantum to the state overall output.

He said: “Ijaw areas produce the highest production quantum and were given only two slots in the new board, whereas other areas which produce less, were given more.

“This act is deliberate, wicked, a clear case of injustice and is unacceptable to the Ijaw people. We reiterate that appointments to the board should have been done based on production quantum and not to patronize political jobbers and please ethnic groups.”



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