May 8, 2021

Niger Delta Governors Demands Restructuring And Resource Control:

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…you cannot mine solid minerals somewhere in Zamfara and you can’t allow Niger Delta to manage their oil.

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, is wondering why the oil producing states in the Niger Delta can not control their oil and gas resources as Zamfara State is managing their gold.

The Governor who spoke at his quarterly media interaction in Asaba, the state capital, said that South-South governors believed in restructuring and economic control.

Okowa maintained that the governors of Niger Deltans, ministers, lawmakers and other stakeholders would meet this Friday in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State to deliberate and take a decision on the matter.

The Governor added, “South-South governors before now have been talking about the need for restructuring and demand for resource control. We are on that because we feel there is the need to restructure not only the country but the management of resources.

“But as of today, there are acts in the National Assembly that guide the issue of oil production and with the solid mineral. Those are not covered in these acts, and obviously, this is already a sore point in our nation’s governance system, and we hope to express this very strongly during the meeting taking place in Port Harcourt on Friday.

“We cannot apply laws in such a manner that it becomes discriminatory because you cannot mine solid minerals somewhere in Zamfara and you can’t allow Niger Delta to manage their oil.

“I believe that at some point in time, these discriminatory tendencies will have to be revisited in our nation at some point in time.”

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