Take Over of DESOPADEC
The six-man interim management committee includes, Mr. Reginald Bayoko (Chairman), Dr L.T Popo, Jonathan Ochonogor, Patrick Origho (Secretary) , Augustine Oghoro and Dr. Dorothy Edore-Odiase. They are all permanent secretaries in the state’s civil service.
Uduaghan who inaugurated the committee in Asaba admonished the team headed by Mr. Reginald Bayoko, a permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance to resist the urge to retrench staff of the agency.
He thanked the outgoing team headed by Chief Wellington Okrika for its contribution to the development of the State despite the challenging circumstances it faced. “I must thank Chief Wellington Okrika and his team. There was no system in place when the new management team and its staffers came on board. They were fresh persons to the type of work they were meant to carry out,” he said.
Uduaghan lamented that the management team of the interventionist agency failed because government did not put in place a structure to enable the board take off properly. The Governor justified his government’s intervention in the running of the agency, adding that he resisted a lot of pressure to dissolve the board.
He said the law permitted him to intervene when the agency was facing challenging circumstances, adding that “the buck stops on my table “.
Uduaghan said the end of the tenure of the outgoing board presented his government the opportunity to appoint technocrats to run the affairs of the agency.
According to him the new team will look critically at the agency and put up “a proper human resource strategy, put up a proper project conceptualization, contract award, contract management, contract delivery and a proper financial management strategy in place”.
He noted that the interim team will endeavour to accomplish this task while the legislature fine tunes its amendment of the bill establishing the agency.
Dr. Uduaghan said that the agency had in its three year existence received N79 billion from the State Government. Responding, Mr. Bayoko thanked the Governor for the confidence reposed in him and his team, adding that they will not betray the trust of the administration and people.