Ex-militants laud Akeredolu on OSOPADEC board, seek action on demands
By: Ade Adeleke
As part of their struggle fir better welfare package, ex-militants in both Ilaje and Ese-Odo local government areas of Ondo State have passed vote of confidence in the new leadership of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, OSOPADEC to address their demands without usual delay.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had on Monday approved the dissolution of the OSOPADEC board and directed the most senior officer in the commission to take charge pending the reconstitution of the board.
The ex–militants however said that with the development at the OSOPADEC, various bottlenecks that had hindered them from getting government’s attention would no longer be experienced.
The Ex-warlord, General Job Omotua stated this while paying a courtesy visit on Dr Victor Koledoye, the Permanent Secretary, OSOPADEC in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Speaking on behalf of other ex-militants, Omotua said “Having engaged this commission (OSOPADEC) close to four years and our encounters with characters that form this commission, your ways of addressing and encouraging us on the genuine intention of government towards our requests and appeals is quite appreciated.
As the person assigned to manage this commission for now,we are pleased to say that you are a familiar terrain through whom our long agitations can be achieved without delay due to your endowed wisdom and ways of doing things.
“We are confident that there are no obstacles before you to drive home our request to the government especially when working with the present Deputy Governor Hon Lucky Ayedatiwa (Acting Governor).
“His person and principles are well designed, evident enough for people to read as a genuine personality that is committed to the welfare of his people without any bias. He is the best man for the job that will not take what belong to the helpless to enrich himself.
“Please be kind enough to relate with him freely on our matters. Our requests are simple. Permanent empowerments for our members, Palliative measure to cushion our state of hunger without delay, monthly stipends for our members (Amnesty), Surveillance activities by our members and Clearing of Water Hyacinth (Lakuwa) by our members etc.
“Granting us these few requests will not make our members regret ever submitting their amunitions for peace to reign and our members will not go back to the Greeks.
“We are not troublesome youth but committed party members who have paid their dues but are left to face hunger.
“On this note we pass vote of confidence on you and your team to steer the affairs of this commission to the benefit of mankind,” said the ex-militant leaders.
Other ex-militants who signed the letter included from ILAJE and ESE- ODO; Gen Ojakomo Moyebi