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The South-South Region Agree On Restructuring – Ifeanyi Okowa

Ifeanyi Okowa

Ifeanyi Okowa

Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has come out to say that states in the South-South region are united in the quest for a restructuring of the country.

He recently revealed this during his quarterly interaction with journalists on Wednesday in Asaba.

According to him, there is a need to restructure Nigeria to pave the way for the devolution of more powers to states and local governments.

He added that the nation is not making progress as it ought to because the problems of restructuring and resource control are yet to be tackled.

His words, “The South-South Governors have been at the forefront for the devolution of power to states and local governments.

“Restructuring, resource control, and security of the country, especially in the Niger Delta will be a major topic of discussion at the Presidential parley coming up in Port Harcourt.”

“We cannot apply laws in such a manner that it becomes discriminatory because you cannot mine solid minerals somewhere in Zamfara and you can’t allow Niger Delta to manage their oil.”

“The kind of money we spend, especially on road construction in the Niger Delta is very huge compared to what other states spend and we also spend lots of money securing oil facilities and keeping peace in the region.

“We have our DESOPADEC managing the derivation funds and I am convinced that they are doing their best to make life better for the oil-producing communities.

“We have been short-changed several because we are not in control of how the funds are distributed. There is a lot of money being owed us on the derivation and we are working very hard to get the Federal Government to pay us because it will help us so much in our budget to provide more for the oil-producing communities.

“If every community rises up to control their resources then there will be chaos and anarchy.”


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