Lieutenant Governor of the State of Imo, RT. Hon. Gerald Iron says that the state government decided to establish a research panel to analyze the management of the Commission for the Development of Oil Production Areas of the state of Imo, ISOPADEC, following the reports of mismanagement of the Commission by the previous administrations.
The lieutenant governor explained by receiving a delegation of Ohaji stakeholders in the local government area of Ohaji Egbema, under the auspices of Ogbako Ohaji, a socio-cultural organization led by Chief Goddy Obodo.
“A few weeks before the last administration of His Excellency, Rochas Okorocha left, more than 400 and twenty million were released by order of the former Governor to buy vehicles,” he said.
“The funds were not for the use of ISOPADEC, but other applications. The funds were funds from ISOPADEC. The salary is a little over forty million, and they received about ninety-five million.
“There were many problems. Now we insist that we must investigate what has happened. We are not hunting witches to anyone. We want to do things right. ”
“The government established an investigation panel; a research panel to see how the Commission was managed in recent years. We need to know how much the Commission received and how the funds were used.
“We need to know what they did with our money and who played what role. We want ISOPADEC to work well. ”
“We must ensure that ISOPADEC functions correctly as an interventionist agency. It is unacceptable that to date, the communities in Ohaji / Egbema / Oguta do not have potable water and electricity.
“The new ISOPADEC administration must face the challenge of meeting the needs of people.
“We set up an ISOPADEC Advisory Board to be able to guide and encourage the new administration, to guarantee that the spirit and the letters of ISOPADEC are strictly enforced. The era of sharing ISOPADEC’s money is over. ”
Regarding financing, the deputy governor assured that the Commission would be financed by the law that establishes it, even when he entrusted the new administration with the responsibility.
“ISOPADEC must be responsible. It will be financed according to the law that establishes it. Financing will not be a problem. The issue will be how to manage the funds. Call to prudence. There must be consultation, transparency, and responsibility. ”
He also assured the delegation that Adapalm Nigeria would be managed appropriately in the interests of the citizens.
Speaking previously, the delegation leader and former legislator, Chief Goddy Obodo expressed his gratitude to the government of Chief Emeka Ihedioha for considering the Ohaji Indians in the political appointments, assuring him of their continued support.
“We are here to identify with you, bring our message of gratitude to Governor Emeka Ihedioha, we are here to express our happiness, and within a month of our administration, we are already feeling a wind of change,” he said.
“For eight years, ISOPADEC was almost closed. For eight years, no one from Ohaji benefited from anything from ISOPADEC. The Ohaji people who have received appointments so far are proven and trusted. They will not fail you.
Other members of the delegation were: former Commissioner, Barr. Golden Nwosu, President, Adapalm Interim Administration Committee, Dr. Anthony Kerunwa, President of ISOPADEC, Barr. Magnus Obidos, member of the Board of ISOPADEC, Hon. Emeka Alihie, Secretary of Publicity of the State of Imo of the Popular Democratic Party, Hon. Damian Opara, among others.