28 May 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says oil-producing states should be paid their 13percent derivation of the $1billion withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government to fight the insurgency.
Speaking at the Government House Port Harcourt while receiving the presentation of the Leadership Newspaper Governor of the Year Award 2017, Governor Wike noted that it is mandatory for the constitutional procedure to be followed.
The Governor said while the State Government is not against the fight against insurgency, all required constitutional procedures must be respected.
He added that he has been officially approached to lobby the Rivers State House of Assembly to approve the resolution mandating the withdrawal of the said funds.
“They have approached us to lobby for the passage of a resolution by the State House of Assembly approving the $1billion withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account to fight the insurgency.
“The law is clear. On every proceed from oil, you must remove 13percent derivation for oil producing states. We cannot be stampeded into doing the wrong thing. So, where is the 13percent derivation for oil-producing states? In fighting the insurgency, you must respect the law.
He said that all the negative actions against the Rivers State Government are targeted at denying the State the balance of the Paris Club Refund.
Governor Wike also informed the Rivers State House of Assembly members of the refusal of the Federal Government to release budget support fund to the State Government, when all other states have received the fund.
“If you criticise the government, they deny the State funds due to it. This is a government that claims that it is fighting corruption,” Wike said.
The governor said that the numerous successes recorded by the state are due to the sacrifices of the people in the face of dwindling resources.
Earlier, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani described the Rivers State Governor as a leader with outstanding developmental qualities.
He said the imprints of the governor are found in all the local government areas of the state. He noted that the Leadership Newspaper Governor of the Year Award 2017 is a crown of all previous awards that Governor Wike has received.