FG, Delta govt urged to develop Sapele, Okpe communities

AN appeal has gone to the Federal  and Delta State governments to lift Sapele from its present decadence.

Chairman, Sapele, Okpe Communities, Mr. Moses Ogodo, made the appeal during the opening ceremony of skills acquisition workshop/empowerment programme of Sapele, Okpe communities jointly sponsored by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and SEPLAT.

Ogodo said the Federal and Delta State governments should complement the effort of the people in aggressively transforming Sapele and environs.

He said the two tiers of government should endeavour to include Sapele and Okpe communities in their development programmes.

Ogodo explained that since his emergence as chairman,  he had initiated projects such as the construction of a six-classroom block at Oton quarters in Urhuakpa.

He said plans were being made for the  construction of an ultra-modern  market in Orodje and an ultra-modern police station.

He further stated that an empowerment programme through which members of Sapele community would be given  revolving loan facilities between N100 and N250 each had also been set up.

The chairman further disclosed that the communities, due to the poor  supply of electricity in the area, procured four transformers for the four quarters of Sapele and Okpe communities, adding that they were training young men and women on the repair of GSM and laptops while expecting the proposal on their starter packs by the empowerment committee.

While congratulating the empowerment committee and its chairman, Chief Lucky Ayomanor, for their efforts, Ogodo commended SEPLAT management for development strides in the community.

In his comments, Chief Ayomanor appealed to spirited individuals, government and corporate bodies to initiate programmes that are human capital driven so as to eradicate social vices.

He explained that the empowerment programme is for men and women between the ages of 28 and 40, advising participants to take full advantage of the programme to gain economic independence.

Community News gathered that the duration of the training is two months for home products production such as vaseline, perfume, powder, bar soap, liquid soap, candle, cream, among others, while catering services, hair dressing, photography, video filming and Computer training will last for six months.