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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Akeredolu gets blueprint for OSOPADEC devt

By Adekola Afolabi

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Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has received a blueprint on how to reposition the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC), to enhance effective delivery of its mandate.
Presenting the report to Governor Akeredolu yesterday in his office, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), Dr Dara Akala, specifically commended the Governor for his total commitment to the overall change and development of the Commission
Governor Akeredolu had in 2019 requested the PIND to carry out a diagnostic review and assessment of OSOPADEC with a view to coming up with a recommendation which will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Commission in the delivery of its mandate.
The Foundation also presented to the Governor, a copy of the Ondo State Agricultural Policy which was done in collaboration with other development partners and the Ondo State Ministry of Agriculture.
Akala said PIND is a corporate social enterprise established in 2010 by Chevron Corporation to build multi- stakeholder partnerships for peace and equitable economic development in the Niger-Delta.
He revealed that PIND’s assessment employed complementary strategies that involved engagements through interviews and plenary sessions with various stakeholders from the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies- MDAs (including management and staff of the Commission) and representatives of the oil producing communities.
According to him, from the assessment, some of the critical findings were in the areas of Corporate Governance, Organizational Development and Change Management, Program and Project Management, and Public Financial Management and Procurement.
He equally expressed confidence that the recommendations made would be implemented to achieve the desired result and transform the Commission for the betterment of all.
Receiving the blueprint, Governor Akeredolu applauded the Executive Director of PIND for a job well-done.
He promised to look into the recommendations made to reposition OSOPADEC to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Commission in the delivery of its mandate.

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