Mkpoikana Udoma 30 May 2014, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Youths in the Niger Delta, under the auspices of the Ijaw Youth Congress, IYC, have reaffirms its rejection to the retention of the 13percent derivation status quo for the oil producing states in the Niger Delta region.
Lawyer and spokesperson of the Ijaw Youth Congress, Mr. Eric Omare in an interview with SweetCrudeReports in Port Harcourt described the recommendation for the retention of the 13 percent derivation as retrogression for the Niger Delta people.
According to him, “The Niger Delta people rejects in total, the call and/or recommendation for the retention of 13% derivation. We regard this call as retrogressive because it would be recalled that the Obasanjo’s Political Reform Conference of 2005 has recommended the increment of the derivation from 13% to 18 percent which was rejected by our delegates on the basis that they wanted 25% which would increase to 50% within a period of time. Therefore, it amounts to drawing us back to now recommend retention of 13% nine years after a similar conference of Nigerians have recommended increment”.
He described the call for the scrapping of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, the Niger Delta Ministry and the Amnesty Programmes for ex-militant as a ploy by northern politicians to achieve their aim of making the country ungovernable for the president by inciting the repentant militants against government.
“The IYC regards the call for the scrapping of the NDDC, Niger Delta Ministry and the Amnesty programme for ex-agitators in the Niger Delta as a deliberate ploy by some politicians in the North to achieve their aim of making Nigeria ungovernable for President Jonathan by inciting Niger-Deltans to take up arms against the Jonathan’s administration.
“The call is inciting, provocative and unpatriotic. Those making the call do not wish Nigeria well. It would be recalled that during the period of militancy in the Niger Delta region, the revenue of Nigeria almost reduced by 90%. However, as a result of the Amnesty Programme and the way it has so far been managed excellently by Hon. Kingsley Kuku, oil production and revenue have increased geometrically. Therefore, it is unpatriotic for any sane Nigerian to call for the scrapping of the amnesty programme,” he said.