The Deputy Governor of Delta state, Kingsley Burutu Otuaro has expressed the need to empower women in oil producing communities in the state.
Otuaro made this known in Asaba on July 31, at a reception ceremony by the newly sworn-in members in the board of DESOPADEC to represent the Ijaw ethnic nationality.
The event was organized by the Executive Director of DESOPADEC, Comrade Shedrack Agidiga and aimed to express the joy and support for his people.
While pledging earnest objective to promote Delta State at the event, Otuaro said, “We are glad history has been made today as two of my younger brothers are made Executive Director and Commissioner for Ijaw ethnic nationality.
“I want to encourage you to be steadfast, to be strong and courageous; you have Delta state, our state, as your focus and to represent us; so as the collective interest of all the Ijaw people, you are our symbol, we are looking forward for re-branded, robust representation.
“I want to ask you to take serious cognizance of our women and look at it and to focus and direct most of your energies in ensuring that our women in the oil operating environment are duly empowered and strengthened.”
The Executive Director in the Board of DESOPADEC, Comrade Shedrack Agediga expressed joy and solidarity shown by his people to have come to honour his swearing in ceremony. He promised to effectively deliver in the discharge of his duties as the Executive Director.
The Commissioner sworn in to represent the Ijaw ethnic nationality, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo promised host communities a better deal to elevate them in their living standard through better policies and programme for peaceful coexistence.
According to him: “There are policies that guard the board; we will apply the bottom top approach that any project we execute will effect the lives of the people and oil producing communities should give peace a chance for development to strive.”