POC opens office for Ethiope East, Ughelli North indigenes
By Jon Egie
In line with Governor Okowa’s directive to the Board of DESOPADEC, during its inauguration, to employ the bottom-up approach in dealing with oil producing communities in Delta state, the Commissioner representing Ethiope East and Ughelli North LGAs in the Board, Chief Pius Odioko Ovbije (POC) has set up a liaison office for direct contact with the people of his mandate area.
The office is located at No.16, Avwioroko Street, Ughelli, adjacent to the POC table water factory.
During a brief opening ceremony of the office, Monday, Nov. 10, the Commissioner said he will be available to attend to all issues relating to oil and gas producing communities in Ethiope East and Ughelli North LGAs between the hours of 8 am through 4 pm daily (Mondays to Fridays) excepting the day the Board sits.
He called on al concerned not to exert effort to going to the Warri office but avail themselves of the opportunity of the Ughelli office to relate with him and clear necessary issues.
He however assured that he would soon embark on a ‘meet the people tour’ round all the communities in his mandate area during which the needs of the people will be collated and used as input for the 2016 budget plan.
“I will meet with the people, listen to the HOSTCOM, The President-General as they tell me the projects they want to be placed in the 2016 budget of the Commission.”
He said although expectations from the people are high, the Commission will do all that is within available resources to put a smile on their faces.