N-Delta govs misappropriating 13% derivation funds —Ita Enang

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By Emma Amaize, Regional Editor, South-South & Michael Eboh
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Senator Ita Enang, yesterday, accused the governors of Niger Delta states of being unkind to the region and to oil-producing states.

Meanwhile, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa , who is the Chairman, South-South Governors Forum, Olisa Ifejika, told Vanguard that it was not true that governors of the region were cavorting with the 13 per cent derivation to the their states.

The Imo State government also denied the allegation.

Enang also appealed to the relevant committees of the National Assembly to call the management of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, to order, saying that the agency was veering off its purpose of promoting local content among oil-producing communities

Speaking at a webinar on ‘Resolving the Host Communities Question,’ organised by Orderpaper in partnership with the House of Representatives’ Committee on Niger Delta and Nigeria Natural Resource Charter, NNRC, Enang also accused the governors of misappropriating the 13 per cent derivation fund.

Enang said: “The governors have not been kind to the Niger Delta, and I want to pray that the National Assembly amend the Niger Delta Development Commission Act, as well as amend the constitution so that the 13 per cent derivation does not go to the governors; it should go to the host communities and targeted at the development of these communities.

“This is because the governors used the 13 per cent derivation to buy aircrafts and used the money to develop and build many houses and these monies are found in Banana Island and foreign countries. Let us find a legislative means whereby these monies can be used for the development of the communities.

“If we do not take care, Niger Delta will be given the same treatment that Enugu was given. When oil ceases to be important, when solar energy and other alternative energy sources are exploited to the fullest, we would be looking for who to pay to rid our area of oil pollution.

“See what has happened to Enugu; it has been abandoned now by Nigeria. It was the state where coal was taken to power our locomotives and energy; but today, Enugu is suffering from erosion, suffering from ecological challenges.”

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