13% DERIVATION: MILITANTS’ PLAN TO STOP S’SOUTH GOVS SPLITS STAKEHOLDERS ON

Written by on December 1, 2020

THE CALL BY A NIGER-DELTA MILITANT GROUP, REFORMED NIGER DELTA AVENGERS, RNDA, ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LAST WEEK,  TO REJECT THE NEWEST SEVEN-POINT DEMANDS BY SOUTH-SOUTH GOVERNORS UNTIL THEY (GOVERNORS)  START PAYING 13 PER CENT DERIVATION DIRECTLY TO OIL COMMUNITIES, HAS CAUSED DIVISION AMONG LEADERS, ACTIVISTS AND STAKEHOLDERS IN THE ZONE.

WHILE SOME SLAMMED THE MILITANT GROUP FOR THE REQUEST THEY CONSIDERED OUTRAGEOUS AND DIVERSIONARY, OTHERS SAID RNDA WAS RIGHT IN ITS DEMAND, AS GOVERNORS HAD FRITTERED AWAY DERIVATION FUND OVER THE YEARS.

A NUMBER OF THEM SAID BOTH THE GOVERNORS AND MILITANTS HAVE RIGHTS TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS. AMONG THOSE WHO CONDEMNED THE MILITANTS’ ACTION WERE A FORMER NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF TRADITIONAL RULERS OF OIL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES OF NIGERIA, TROMPCON, HM KING CHARLES AYEMI-BOTU, AND FORMER PROVOST MARSHAL, NIGERIAN ARMY,  BRIGADIER-GENERAL IDADA IKPONMWEN (RETD.) WHILE THE ANGLICAN BISHOP OF CALABAR, CROSS RIVER STATE, RT REV TUNDE ADELEYE;  SON OF FIRST REPUBLIC FINANCE MINISTER AND CHAIRMAN, WARRI CONSULTATIVE FORUM, EMMANUEL OKOTIE-EBOH, AND SPOKESMAN, NIGER DELTA RIGHTS ADVOCATES, NDRA, DARLINGTON NWAUJU, THREW THEIR WEIGHT BEHIND THE MILITANTS. CONVENER, SOUTH-SOUTH REAWAKENING GROUP, ELDER JOSEPH AMBAKEDERIMO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AFRICAN NETWORK FOR ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE, ANEEJ, REV DAVID UGOLOR, WERE OF THE OPINION THAT GOVERNORS FROM THE ZONE ARE DISCONNECTED FROM THE PEOPLE THAT ELECTED THEM.


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