The Managing Director, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Dr. Williams Makinde, has assured members of oil producing areas of better days in year 2018 and the determination to complete all ongoing projects

Dr Makinde made the observation while speaking with some journalists in his country home at Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, noting that with improved funding by the Governor,the agency will commission a good number of projects in the first quarter of 2018.

He said that the agency will concentrate more on completion of ongoing projects as they are more concern with projects that will have direct impart on the lives of the people of DESOPADEC mandate areas. He added that it will be of no use embarking on thousands of projects that will be abandoned later, hence they have concentrated on award of projects that would be completed and commissioned for use.

"In 2018, they should expect that we complete our ongoing projects, we will definitely complete our centralized projects in 2018. The ongoing projects awarded now we will complete it and also those that are 92% we will increase the fund in order to complete them. We don't want to leave hundreds of projects hanging around uncompleted. They should not expect a new project in 2018, we are ensuring all projects to its completion stage. 

"We will not award 200 projects and complete 5, we are ensuring to award 50 and complete at least 40 and make it commissioned for use. They should expect we complete our ongoing projects and less new projects. The communities we have not visited before, our catchment areas we will ensure we put in something."

While appreciating the people of DESOPADEC mandate areas for their understanding during tough times, he emphasised that the agency will not betray the trust now that things are getting better. He explained that Governor Okowa was committed to the development of the oil producing communities as he has demonstrated through prudent management of resources coming to the agency.

"They have been bearing with us while things were very tough with us, when we begin things were very tough and we appreciate them for bearing with us. Things have started turning around for better, we don't want to betray the trust and now that things have started turning for the better, we thank them for their patience, now that things have improved they will see the impact of the commission and we will speed up our activities in the mandate area from now till 2018."

"We will be commissioning our ongoing projects and the new ones we have started we will try and speed them up. We also want to appreciate the Governor for his support for the past five or six months for making alot of release to DESOPADEC to fund some of these projects because without that we would'nt have been here today," the DESOPADEC Boss stated.

He said that the commission had an initial financial challenge at the beginning of the year 2017, no thanks to high overhead cost. He added that most of the challenges that confronted the commission are gradually fading away with improved monthly funding by the Governor.

"The issue of finance is a major problem because most of the pipeline vandalization affected Delta State through Escravos. The issue of Delta State is improving and the Governor has released some fund which we have mandated our contractors to go back to site. In the first quarter of next year we will be commissioning some of the projects like I said earlier."

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