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UGHELLI – Comrade Sheriff Mulade, Secretary of Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF) has called on the Delta State Government to create Coastal Area Development Agency to enhance the development of Riverine communities in Delta State.
Mulade, who made the call through a statement, said the Delta State coastal communities were the engine room of the state and Nigeria’s revenue earnings despite the poor state of development due to age-long neglect.
Wondering why oil producing communities in the coastal communities were not benefiting from the immense revenue being generated to fund the State from their land, Mulade alleged that the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), which was set up to address developmental challenges and neglect of the oil producing areas, had drifted off its purpose because it had been serving as a source of political compensation for politicians in the state.
He called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the Delta State House of Assembly to urgently establish the Coastal Area Development Agency to fasttrack development and give a sense of belonging to coastal communities.
He said: “The coastal communities are the live wires and resource base of the state as billions of naira generated from the riverine environment are channeled to develop other areas especially the hinterland.”
He stressed the need for the creation of a special agency that would address the developmental deficits in the coastal area of the state.
“If created, it will present a developmental blueprint and practicable framework for restoring industry, infrastructure, trade and investment to the oil producing coastal communities of the state.
“It is worthy of note that over 90% of the state revenue from oil and gas sectors emanate from the riverine communities, therefore they deserves special development attention to address societal infrastructural challenges in the area.”
Source; Independent Newspapers Nigeria