Okowa Sets Up Committee to Combat Pipeline Vandalization
14 May 2016 State
The Delta state governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has inaugurated a high powered government advocacy committee to combat the rising incidence of oil pipeline vandalism in the state.
Dr Okowa who lamented the acute decline in federal allocation to the state said the oil theft and pipeline vandalization accounts for about 400,000 barrels of crude oil stolen on daily basis. An economic loss which the governor says is detrimental to both the state and federal governments.
The advocacy committee which is headed by the Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro has the mandate to sensitize riverine communities to help stop the spate of oil pipelines vandalization in collaboration with security agencies.
Members of the committee include:
- Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mofe Pirah;
- Commissioner for Youth Development, Asupa Forteta;
- Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Kelly Penaowu;
- Special Adviser on Petroleum Matters, Bosin Ebikeme;
- Chairman, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Godwin Ebosa;
- Chairman, Delta Waterways and Land Security Committee, Chief Boro Opudu;
- Director General, Political and Security Services, David Tonwei;
- former Commissioner for Commerce and ex- national president of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, who will serve as Secretary.