By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The Chairman of the Ondo state Oil Producing Area Development Commission, OSOPADEC, Hon Gbenga Edema on Monday accused some youths from Ilaje who protested in Akure as being sponsored by aggrieved politicians and political opponents in the state, ahead of the 2020 governorship election in the state.
Speaking with newsmen on the protest, Hon Edema explained that no government had been more transparent in the handling of funds and issues that concern OSOPADEC than Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Edema said, “It is quite funny that somebody will be passing 2017 budget in 2019, at least we have three representatives at the House of Assembly, so I will say they don’t know what they are protesting about.
“This is the first government that will be transparent on the issue of OSOPADEC. They are shouting autonomy, Akeredolu was not the one that created the commission, there is a provision for supervision and control by the governor in the act”, the OSOPADEC boss insisted.
On the issue of alleged diverting OSOPADEC fund to the office of Ondo State governor’s wife, Edema stated, “We only collaborated with her on one of her projects, Bemore, in which over 120 girls participated in the programme and were trained in different capacity building programmes like solar power assemblage, bead making and other things.”
“It is also not true that the wife of the governor is taking funds from OSOPADEC”, he stated.
Edema said current government spent over N240 million every year on bursary for students of the mandate area, adding that no state government can single handedly battle sea incursion without effort from the federal government.