Enang accuses Niger Delta govs of diverting derivation fund

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Senator Ita Enang, on Thursday lambasted governors of the oil rich region as well as oil companies operating in the area.


According to Enang, the governors of the Niger Delta region had been unkind to the residents of their various states by consistently diverting the 13 per cent derivation funds meant for the development of the area to unjustifiable ventures.

The special adviser also stated that oil companies such as Agip, Shell, Mobil, seemed to have conspired in ensuring that the Niger Delta communities were impoverished by way of dividing citizens in the region.

Enang disclosed this at a webinar on ‘Resolving the Host Communities Question,’ organised by the OrderPaper in partnership with the House of Representatives’ Committee on Niger Delta and the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter.

He said, “The governors have not been kind to the Niger Delta. I want to pray that the National Assembly should amend the Niger Delta Development Commission Act and the constitution so that the 13 per cent derivation does not go to the governors.

”It should go to the host communities and targeted at development of these communities. This is because the governors use the 13 per cent derivation to buy aircraft. They use the money to develop and build many houses. These monies are found in Banana Island and foreign countries.”

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