The National Executive Council of Ogbudugbudu Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State has called for inclusion of the community in the scheme of things in the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
The call was made when a delegation led by executives of NECOC paid a courtesy visit to the member representing the Ijaw ethnic nationality on the Board of DESOPADEC, Hon. Spencer Okpoye, on Thursday.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the national general secretary of the council, Pastor Jacob Ajagidi, stated that their visit was to formally congratulate Hon. Okpoye on his well-deserved appointment as a commissioner on the board of the commission and also to request for inclusiveness in the scheme of things.
Reacting, Hon. Okpoye reiterated his commitment and that of the commission to the inclusion of all critical stakeholders in the scheme of things.
He stated that as a loyal subject of the Egbema Kingdom, whatever decision the Egbema monarch, Bini Pere IV, took was binding on him.
He revealed that he received a call from the monarch to meet with the national body of the Ogbudugbudu Community in addressing some of the developmental needs of the community. He noted that some of the needs had already been captured for execution while others would be considered in subsequent years.
Okpoye urged the community leaders to be united in order to attract the needed development, adding that no community or organization would develop or progress in a rancorous and acrimonious atmosphere.
He thanked them for the visit and urged them to support the government of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori and DESOPADEC to attract development.
The delegation thanked the DESOPADEC commissioner for the warm reception accorded them and pledged their support.