…S-South govs to take up matter with FG
…Berates these questioning mgt of 13% derivation
By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South, Festus Ahon & Perez Brisibe
GOVERNOR of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday stated no regulation of the nation permits Zamfara State Authorities to regulate and handle gold deposits within the state, noting the governors of South-South area will quickly take up the matter with the Federal Authorities.
Okowa, who spoke at his 2020 quarterly media interplay in Asaba, the state capital, maintained that what Zamfara state authorities was doing was clearly an illegality, warning that if the matter was not correctly addressed, South -South governors would haven’t any choice than to imagine management of oil and gasoline of their states.
The governor, who asserted that South-South governors consider in restructuring and useful resource management, hinted that governors of the oil- wealthy area, ministers, lawmakers and different stakeholders would meet, Friday, at Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, to deliberate and take place on the matter and different points.
He additionally applauded the efforts of the South-South Governors who he stated although may do higher, had been already doing very effectively amidst the challenges they face within the growth of their respective states.
In keeping with him, “South-South governors prior to now have been speaking in regards to the want for restructuring and wish for useful resource management, clearly we’re on that as a result of we really feel there’s the necessity to restructure not solely the nation, however the administration of assets.
“However as at in the present day, there are acts within the Nationwide Meeting that information the problem of oil manufacturing and with the strong minerals, these are usually not coated in these acts and clearly, that is already a sore level in our nation’s governance system and we hope to specific this very strongly in the course of the assembly happening in Portharcourt on Friday.
“We can’t apply legal guidelines in our nation to the purpose that it turns into discriminatory as a result of if individuals are allowed to course of for his or her strong minerals, they need to even be allowed to do similar for his or her oil. So we’re going to be very onerous and attempt to make our voice as robust as potential in the course of the assembly.
“I consider that in some unspecified time in the future in time, these discriminatory tendencies must be revisited in our nation in some unspecified time in the future in time.”
Talking on the calls for of oil bearing communities within the state to handle the 13 p.c derivation accrued to them, the governor stated: “I feel it’s essential that we put our vitality in the appropriate course, as a result of folks have the unsuitable ideas on what must be finished.
“I’m not a lawyer, however I consider that the structure could be very straight ahead on how derivation monies must be dealt with and who ought to deal with it.
“What we’re doing as at in the present day is to drive the method within the PIB the place the oil bearing communities could have some leverages and be offered for within the regulation which permits them to have a proportion that can assist them to strengthen the connection between them and the oil firms.
“It’s because if each group rises and say they wish to management their assets, Nigeria will finally change into a banana republic and their will probably be no management, therefore no nation or state.
“Check out Delta State for example, there are 20 or 21 LGAs which can be oil producing, if each group tries to regulate its personal, am certain that the disaster and battles that can come out of will probably be past our management.
“Although folks have their views they usually have the rights to such views, it’s for us to comply with the constitutionality and the legal guidelines of the land for the time being. I consider that having voted governors and lawmakers, we should always permit them handle these assets and if they don’t seem to be doing sufficient, we are able to vote them out within the subsequent 4 years.
“Moreover, it’s not a query of I wish to handle the 13 p.c, they must say they wish to handle the one hundred pc. What in regards to the 87percent being shared amongst different States within the nation?
“You didn’t push for the 87percent nevertheless it’s the 13 p.c coming to the state that you just wish to handle, it doesn’t make sense. Sadly, folks simply wish to be heard and seen.
“And by the point the governor’s are speaking on their very own, you’re getting a gaggle of communities speaking and people ones have a special view level. By the point this division is created, what then occurs? They’ll say we’re singing in numerous tones, that you just should not have a collective voice on the administration of assets in your area.
“And it will divert the eye of satisfactory restructuring of the nation the way in which we ought to speak about it. So there’s a whole lot of politics happening, however I consider the governors of the South-South are doing effectively sufficient and having visited most states within the nation, I can affirm that the South-South governors are certainly doing very effectively amidst the challenges we now have to handle.”