Delta Politics


By Shina Badmus

Delta State House of Assembly has approved the request of the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for extension of the tenure of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) board by six months. 

The approval was sequel to a letter sent to the House by the Governor and read by the Speaker, Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori who presided over Tuesday’s plenary.

In the letter, Governor Okowa said the current governing board of DESOPADEC had expired on the 27th August, 2018.

He said the request was in line with Section 7 sub section 2b of the DESOPADEC Amendment law 2018 and appealed to the House by way of resolution to approve the extension of the tenure by six months.

Majority Leader, Honourable Tim Owhefere, moved separate motions for the House to receive the request for further consideration and approval and was seconded by Honourables Eriathake Ibori-Suenu and Peter Uviejitobor and adopted.

Also at plenary, the House received another letter from the State Governor, nominating Mr Benjamin Igo, a retired Permanent Secretary and Dr Onyemeni Frank Atube for appointment as Chairman and Secretary, Bureau of Local Government Pension.

According to the letter, the governor said the nomination was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 21 sub section 1 of the Pension Reform Law, 2008.

He said the letter was to request the House to invoke it’s powers under the above cited section of the Pension Reform law for the consideration and confirmation of the nominees.

The Majority Leader moved for the House to receive the letter for further consideration and was seconded by Honourable Angela Nwaka.

Thereafter the Speaker directed the nominees to submit thirty five copies of their curriculum vitae to the office of the Clerk on or behalf Wednesday August 29, 2018 and should appear for screening on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Meanwhile, the House deferred the report of the Ad-hoc committee on the Framework for the Implementation of Financial Autonomy to the State Legislatures and the report of the committee on Housing and Women Affairs on the Delta State Tenancy Bill to September 25, 2018.

Also deferred was the Delta State Forestry Development Private Participation and Forestry Trust Fund Bill scheduled for a committee of the whole to September 26, 2018.

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