Clark wants payment of 13% derivation to states stopped

Emma Amaize & Gabriel Enogholase

27 December 2012, Sweetcrude, Warri – In what appears to be a vote of no confidence on governors of Niger Delta states, former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South leader, Chief Edwin Clark, Wednesday, called on the Federal Government to stop paying the 13 per cent derivation fund to oil producing communities through the governments of their states, saying it was unconstitutional.

He described as sheer greed on the part of governors of oil and gas producing states, to appropriate the 13 per cent derivation fund meant for the oil and gas producing communities.

He lamented that oil and gas producing communities had little or nothing to show in the past 13 years for the over N7.282 trillion collected by the state governments.

Chief Clark made the call in Warri, Delta State, while playing host to the leadership of Oil and Gas Producing Communities of Nigeria, led by the traditional Prime Minister of Gbaramatu Kingdom and former chairman of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief Wellington Okirika.

He said only direct allocation of the 13 per cent fund, through an administrative committee, would guarantee rapid transformation of the deprived and neglected oil and gas producing communities.

He said there was nowhere in the 1999 Constitution, where it was stipulated that 13 per cent derivation fund should be paid through any state government, saying: “The Federal Government should stop paying the 13 per cent derivation fund through the state governments.

“The provision in the 1999 constitution is clear, 13 percent derivation fund stands on its own. It is not part of any consolidated revenue of any tier of government, nor part of any State Joint Local Government Account; 13 percent derivation fund should, therefore, been treated on its own.”

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  • We completely endorse the position of Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark because not only have the state governments shown themselves inacapable of managing these funds, in the last 13 years of payment of 13 % derivation to benefitting states, the oil bearing communities have absolutely nothing to show for such revenue receipts. We are instead forced to be witnesses to mind blowing corruption ala Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, and acquisition of assets including aircrafts by state governors which has no corresponding impact on the wellbeing cum welfare of their states.

  • For me I agree with clark speaking like an elder

  • That will be ok bicos the money always ends up in the wrong hands.

  • It is their right,pay them.

  • i think 25 percent should be paid. To the onshore lga.
    But offshore payments should be abolished, because the waters belong to the whole country.