Ughelli – The Delta State chapter of Oil and Solid Mineral Producing Area Landlords’ Association of Nigeria (OMPALAN) has been inaugurated with a charge on the members to uphold the tenets, vision and mission of the association as the bridge between government and stakeholders in the oil and solid mineral industry and the hosts as well as impacted communities in the state.
Executive members of OMPALAN sworn in during the inauguration at Wellington Hotel, Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta state are HRM, Godwin Opune Adeyere, Chairman Advisory Board, Obi Ejeme-Unor, State Coordinator, Chief Emmanuel Avworo, Member Board of Trustees, Moore Ologitere, State Chairman, Chief Felix Olofu, State Vice Chairman, Dr Moses Adagbabiri State Secretary, Mr. Kenneth Ekwejuno-Echie, State Administrative Secretary, Mr. Moses Otaide, State Financial Secretary, Dr. Mrs. Egbule Elizabeth State Coordinator Youth Affairs, Prince Godwin Oghre, State Publicity Secretary.
Others are Dr. (Mrs.) Otega Okinono, State Coordinator Women Affairs, Pat Willie, Esq., State Legal Adviser; Chief Harrison Jessa, State Environmental Secretary; Chief Doris Okegbe, State Coordinator Projects; Chief Odumeya Osawota, State Coordinator, Education Infrastructure; Hon. Mrs. Rachael Ugherakpoteni, Ex-Officio Member, Chief Ann Omonesiso, LGA Secretary; Chief Luke Djeba, LGA Coordinator and Mrs. Caro Odogu, State Coordinator Solid Mineral Development.
Earlier, National Coordinator of OMPALAN Bishop Udo Azogu in his address during the inauguration, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the revocation of licenses of oil blocs conceded by previous administrations to individuals and organisations, noting that such concessions were counter-productive as they have not added value to the lives of the locals whom he said to bear the brunt of acute environment degradation through oil and solid mineral exploration and exploitation.
He called on the federal government to look into the persistent misappropriation and rampant diversion of deliverables that accrue from robust federal government mitigation schemes running into trillions of naira annually from NDDC, 13 percent oil derivation fund commission, ecological fund and ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and ensure that the palliatives released from the top get to the bottom intact for unshackled access by the impacted communities, and also to ensure that oil, solid mineral and other development agencies exploiting mineral resources in Nigeria comply with corporate social responsibility to host communities.
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