ILG describes moves by ‘59’ legislators to remove 13 percent derivation as modern colonization

* Threatens daylight naked dance, if derivation is not increased to 100%, an Itsekiri indigene is not appointed MD or Chairman in the next NDDC Board


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ILG describes moves by ‘59’ legislators to remove 13 percent derivation as modern colonization


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Boisterous pro-Itsekiri socio-political organization, Itsekiri Liberation Group, ILG, has described reported moves by “some misguided 59 legislators of Northern extraction”, as: “Indirect form of modern colonization, nay slavery; an attempt to continue enslaving and under-developing the Itsekiri Nation in particular and the other Niger Delta ethnic Nationalities in general, that feed the larger federation”.

 

In a statement made available to Fresh Angle International, this afternoon, Monday November 1, ILG, rejected the move which it labelled a contemplation and intent by an infinitesimal group of lawmakers, who should rather strive in the interest of equity and noble justice for the sustainers of the Nation’s economy.

 

The statement, which was e-signed by the Chairman and Secretary of Itsekiri Liberation Group, Comrade Mone Oris and Comrade Ajofotan Omagbemi, respectively, noted: “Arising from an emergency meeting of The Itsekiri Liberation Group, ILG after critically observing the antics of some overfed and indulgent  59 Northern legislators and their body movement as well as the  possible force propelling them in this counterproductive and tinderbox misadventure,  the Itsekiri Liberation Group, a body of seasoned Itsekiri Nationalists and opinion moulders in Warri Kingdom, has come up with the following irreducible demands from the legislative and executive arms of the Nigerian government:

 

“We have considered the danger in the contemplated amendment of Section 162 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) with the patently sinister and mischievous  intent by some 59 Northern Legislators to remove the 13 percent derivation fund in exclusive benefit to the Niger Delta States and do wish to state unequivocally our no-holds barred opposition and outright  rejection of same with an immediate call on these overfed and indulgent neo-colonialist oligarchs to stop such evil intentions, in the interest of equity and justice so as not to escalate the already fragile peace in the oil-producing communities/States in the Federation. 

 

“For emphasis and without apology to anyone, the Itsekiri Nation remains a strategic host to many Multinational oil and gas companies and major producer of oil and gas resource assets (about 39 percent in its territory). We see this proposal/attempt as indirect form of modern colonization, nay slavery; an attempt to continue enslaving and under developing the Itsekiri Nation in particular and the other Niger Delta ethnic nationalities in general, that feed the larger federation.

 

“We are compelled to believe that the proposed amendment is subtly aimed at removing the 13% derivation principle accruing to Niger Delta.  Therefore, we totally reject such contemplation and intent by an infinitesimal group of lawmakers, who should rather strive in the interest of equity and noble justice for the sustainers of the Nation’s economy, to increase this derivation percentage that has stalled for more than three decades and counting, in the Nations polity.

 

If anything, the Itsekiri Liberation Group, would rather and reasonably so, demand a gradual and steady increased derivation accruing to oil and gas from the current 13% to 25% and 50% for the Niger Delta States, in the same manner that the North and other regions of the country at a point in time in the Nation’s trajectory once enjoyed 100% derivatives from their hides and skins, tin, coal, cocoa, rubber, groundnut, etc with which they were able to build massive regional monuments and landmarks in their territories.

  

“To this end, we equally demand that the Federal Government and the lawmakers focus their attention with speedy legislative engagements on the increment of the 3% in the Petroleum Industry Act and fashion out how it can be maximally utilized to increase the tempo of development of the host communities. They should equally fashion out how the management of such fund could be actioned most seamlessly without undue and boggling bureaucracy and interference of the known and unknown interests, especially from the north. 

 

 “We therefore call on the President and the National Assembly to immediately constitute, appoint, screen, confirm and inaugurate a substantive NDDC Board and equally release the comprehensive details of the forensic audit report of the NDDC for public consumption, in order to pave way for the rapid development of the Niger Delta region.

 

“If our demands are not met at the earliest anticipation, we shall have no other option but to jointly mobilize all available resources in conjunction with other Niger Delta stakeholders and groups and engage pushbacks we consider appropriate, should the National Assembly (NASS) go ahead with this daylight naked dance in the market square.

 

“May we conclude by adding by requesting Mr. President to appoint a new Board for the NDDC with an Itsekiri man/woman either as Managing Director or Chairman. Enough of this provocative and arrogant mindset of a section of this Nation. You cannot eat your cake and have it, after-all!”

 

 

 



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