…DESOPADEC (Amendment) Bill, 2006 Goes Through Second Reading

The Delta State DESOPADEC (Amendment) Bill, 2006 before the Delta State House of Assembly has gone through second reading on the floor of the House yesterday.
The consideration of the second reading on the executive bill was sequel to a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere and seconded by the member representing Ughelli North 1 Constituency, Hon. (Barr) Samuel Mariere.
The executive bill in question was earlier presented to the House during the last lap of the administration of the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan where its consideration for second reading was stalled following massive protest by HOSTCOM that trailed its further consideration on the floor of the House.
However, the executive bill was re-presented to the House and passed for second reading three weeks ago after Governor Ifeanyi Okowa assumed office.
The principal law on the bill was passed on August 1, 2006 and signed into law in March 2007 during the administration of Chief James Onanefe Ibori and was later amended in 2010.
Leading debate on the consideration of the bill for second reading, the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhfere seeks to scrap the office of the Executive Secretary of DESOPADEC and replace it with a Managing Director who would be in charge of the day-to-today running of the commission alongside the establishment of three additional Directorates with Executive Directors.
He said with the amendment of the principal law, the position of the chairman of the commission and other eight members would be classified as part-time board, saying the amendment of the new bill is aimed at making the commission more functional, and care for the need of the people.
The member representing Isoko South 11 Constituency, Hon Prince Johnson Erijo and his counterpart in Warri South 11 Constituency, Hon (Barr) Dennis Omovie in a separate remark, noted that exploitation and exploration of oil and gas involve a large expanse of areas that would include the entire nationality in the State in the Board of DESOPADEC, saying the presence of oil and gas deposit and its exploration in Ika communities has equally enlisted the ethnic nationality in the Board of DESOPADEC with the proposed bill.
Other members who spoke in support of the bill including Daniel Mayuku (Warri South West), Samuel Mariere (Ughelli North1), Reuben Izeze (Ughelli South), Oboro Preyor (Bomadi), Orezi Esievo (Isoko South 1), Festus Okoh (Ika South), Daniel Yingi (Burutu 1), Kenney Daubry (Burutu 11), Timi Tonye (Patani), Evance Iwhurhie (Ethiope East), Efe Ofobruku (Uvwie), Pat Ajudua (Oshimili North) and Anthony Elekeokwuri (Ika North East).
The House presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, unanimously supported the passage of the bill through second reading; thereafter, the Speaker subjected the bill to a nine-man-ad hoc committee, setup by him, for further consideration.
He named the members of the committee to include Dennis Omovie (chairman), Pat Ajudua, Reuben Izeze, Oboro Preyor, Sherriff Oborevwori, Alphonsus Ojo and Godwin Abigor as members while the Directors, Media and Legislative Departments are to serve as Secretary to the Committee.
Rt. Hon. Igbuya urged the committee to submit its report to the House on August 6, 2015, being the five weeks adjournment recess date of the House.