The Ondo State Governor, having identified a Five-Point agenda — focused on infrastructural development, tourism, job creation, education and technology, and security — requested the technical support of the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) to align the Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission’s (OSOPADEC) program with his administration’s priorities.
The Commission, which has operated since 2001, is responsible for supporting growth of the oil producing area host communities of Ilaje and Ese–Odo and the rest of the State. Though the institution has implemented some infrastructure projects and social development initiatives in the mandate area, its impact has not been readily evident. The lack of impact has aided the Human Development Index (HDI) in the region to remain poor when compared to resources available to it.
Acting on the State’s request for PIND to evaluate the Commission and recommend what will improve the Commission’s efficiency in the conveyance of its obligation. PIND Foundation employed extensive consultations of multi-stakeholders from the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies- MDAs and representatives of the oil producing communities, through interviews and quorate sessions.
Having garnered some obliging discoveries in the areas of Corporate Governance, Organizational Development and Change Management, Program and Project Management, and Public Financial Management and Procurement; PIND presented its manuscript for organizing & expanding the directorate of the commission on Thursday February 4, 2021.
Receiving the report presented by Dr. Dara Akala, Executive Director – PIND at the Government House in Akure, the Executive Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu guaranteed that he will coordinate the House of Assembly to revise relevant laws to properly accommodate PIND’s recommendations as well as implement its framework to make OSOPADEC beneficial for the opulence of the State.