WARRI____Ijaw right protection group, Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, has demanded detailed account of the 50million christmas welfare funds allocated to Ijaw ethnic nationality by Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission DESOPADEC, adding that it would dragged the commissioner representing Ijaw ethnic nationality in the commission, Chief Izuokumor Favour before high authorities , if he fails to offered proper stewardship within reasonable time.
The group lamented that except his friends and kinsemen, the core Ijaw oil producing and impacted communities were not considered for the disbursement. “He should state Ijaw groups and communities that were considered without further delay” they asserted.
The spokesman of the group, Snr Comrade Daniel Ezekiel while addressing a team of pressmen in Sapele alleged that DESOPADEC disbursed the sum of Fifty Million Naira (#50,000,000) each to all ethnic nationalities including the Ijaw in the commission as part of social welfare package for the Christmas and Newyear celebrations but the funds were mismanaged.
IPDI also told our reporter that the Ijaw ethnic commissioner, Chief Izuokumor Favour, selfishly withheld the money and lavished part of it on his friends and family members. The fund which was meant to support less privileged people in the Oil producing and impacted communities was mismanaged.
The group accused chief Favour for diverting speed boats that were meant for oil producing and impacted communities by the commission some time last year. Adding that they are disappointed in him for lacking integrity.
When contacted the Media representative of DESOPADEC (Name Withheld) ,he confirmed that there was disbursement of funds from the commission to all ethnic nationalities, but the commission is not in position to decide how the funds should be disbursed to the grassroots, he added.
He further stated that the DESOPADEC remained committed in spreading developmental projects to all communities in the state. He called on Ijaws to demand accountability from their commissioner for the realization of their benefits.
The IPDI group also further noted that marginalisation of Ijaw contractors by the commission and underdevelopment of oil bearing communities were occasioned by the gross ineptitude and selfish political ambition of Izuokumor Favour. “It was obvious that his illegitimate tenure elongation in the commission was arbitrary and does not represent the general interest of Ijaw nationality”.