Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend, set up a high-powered Advocacy Committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, to tackle pipeline vandalism in the state. The Vanguard Newspaper reported that the Delta Governor gave the committee marching orders to proceed to the riverine areas of the state, especially the troubled Gbaramatu Kingdom to speak to the people and explore ways to address and end the recent attacks on Pipelines and oil facilities in the State.
Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, who reportedly confirmed the mandate of the newly set up Committee in a telephone conversation, said that the directive of the governor was that they (committee) commence operations with immediate effect.
Members of the committee include Commissioner for Youth Development, Asupa Forteta; Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Mofe Pirah; Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Kelly Penaowu and Special Adviser on Petroleum Matters, Bosin Ebikeme. Others are 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 and former Commissioner for Commerce and one-time national president of the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, who will serve as Secretary.
As part of its terms of reference, Governor Okowa also directed the committee to relocate to the riverine areas and “majorly advocate for an immediate stop of the on-going facility destruction, as well as finding the immediate and remote causes of resurgence of militancy and create platforms of dialogue amongst others.”