The Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), staged a peaceful protest, shutting down operations of the Commission in Warri over ten years promotion stagnation arears of thousands of staff.
Addressing staff at the commission’s Head Office, the Chairman of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees Services (AUPCTRE), DESOPADEC Branch, Comrade John Ossah said the strike will continue until the Management yields to their demands.
According to him, the demands of the staff include but not limited to-
- The promotion of staff who have been stagnated for ten years and attendant arrears.
- Non-payment of Xmas bonus as enshrined in the staff conditions of service since 2016. We have been reliably informed that the State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has released the cash for payment to the Board but the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Bashorun Askia Ogieh has vehemently refused to pay.
- Lack of adequate medical facilities
- Non-remittance of the tax deducted from their salaries to the tax office.
- Nonpayment of posting allowance to those posted out of the Commission
- Lack of office accommodation
Also addressing the staff, the youth Chairman of HOSTCOM, Comrade Sam Agaga urged the staff to continue with the struggle as HOSTCOM is solidly behind them.
According to him, DESOPADEC was created to empower people in the oil producing areas but since the emergence of Okowa as the State Governor, the reverse has been the case.
The current board of the commission has not done anything to justify their appointment. The so called NDDC model is being made a mockery of. “We are prepared to go to Asaba to continue with the struggle”, he said.
Meanwhile, police attached to DESOPADEC have brutalized three staff members while on this peaceful protest.
One of the injured is in critical condition in an undisclosed hospital. All attempt to reach the area commander prove abortive as of the time filling this report.