The Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly Rt Hon Friday Ossai Osanebi has called on HOSTCOM, Ndokwa nation to lend their support to the overall development of the area just as he urged them to stop limiting their agitations and requests to the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
Rt. Hon Osanebi gave the charge in Asaba when he played host to the leadership of HOSTCOM, Ndokwa nation who were there on a solidarity visit. He bemoaned the uncoordinated approach of leaders and groups of Ndokwa extraction to the areas development stride.
He called for more synergy for the purpose of development just as he challenged HOSTCOM to broaden their horizon and see beyond DESOPADEC, noting that there are other companies and groups that are oil and gas related in Ndokwa nation that have not yet affected the area positively.
The Deputy Speaker also reiterated the need for a unified youth body of Ndokwa youths stressing that he won’t bow to any form of pressure from any quarter to succumb to the idea of sharing the funds meant for community youths for surveillance and maintenance of peace with non community youth groups.
Rt. Hon Osanebi added “we can do better in Ndokwa land if we are all united. Position and promotion come from God. He has well positioned us to help our people HOSTCOM you are limiting yourself to DESOPADEC.
There must be coordinated pressure on requests from you to oil and gas companies that has impacted on our people. I heard that some of our youths went on accused me of diverting money, trying to tarnish image for their selfish reasons.
They should go ahead and bring details because no pressure from any quarter can make me give funds meant for community youths to pressure groups. Our youths must unite to have a recognized leadership”.
He disclosed that he has so far employed over eight seven (87) Ndokwa people since he assumed office as Deputy Speaker. The group had called on the Deputy Speaker to thank him for using his good position to the advantage of his people by influencing political appointments for her members.
Continuing, Deacon Okolo Emake, spokesman of the group added that they had came to express appreciation to the Deputy Speaker for facilitating the appointment of DESOPADEC board members from Ndokwa nation that has satisfy their desire as well as further expressed their joy and satisfaction over his role during the amendment of the law establishing the commission that favours the position and aspiration of Ndokwa people.
They also thanked him for his continuous struggle for the adjustment of the initial captioned quantum of Ndokwa nation to the current quantum in the dissemination of resources in DESOPADEC and like the proverbial Oliver Twist; the people also presented issues and requests for the Deputy Speaker’s attention and subsequent assistance.