Board members of the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), are set to enjoy an extra time to their appointments as the State House of Assembly via an amendment procedure has granted powers to the State Governor to extend their appointments beyond the official term of 3 years.
This amendment to the DESOPADEC law of 2015 was carried out Thursday, August 23, 2018 during plenary which barely lasted Ten Minutes of presentation and its subsequent adoption by the house, added a new section to the law empowering the Governor to make a request to the House of Assembly in respect to extending the tenure of the Board for a period of not more than one year.
The DESOPADEC alteration followed a motion moved by the Deputy Majority Leader and member representing Bomadi constituency, Hon. Oboro Preyor for the notice of presentation and first reading of the DESOPADEC amendment bill and was seconded by the member representing Warri South West Constituency, Hon. Daniel Mayuku and adopted.
Hon. Preyor said the the sections to be amended include Section 5 by deleting the word “Communities” and replacing it with “Areas”.
While in Section 7(2), a new section was added which reads that the Governor may through a request to the House of Assembly, extend the tenure of the Board for a period of not more than one year only.
Honourable Preyor thereafter moved for the House to suspend Order 12 rule, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80 in order for the House to take the third reading and pass the bill and was seconded by Hon. Orezi Esievo.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori who presided over plenary thanked members of the House for the timely attention given to the DESOPADEC amendment bill which was sort by the executive.