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Commissioner warns against abolition of 13% oil derivation

By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—DELTA State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, has warned against the abolition of the 13 per cent oil derivation accruing to oil producing states from the Federation Account.

Muoboghare, in a chat with newsmen, said the call for the abolition of 13 per cent derivation was a ploy by the North to cause violence in the South-South.

Recalling that the North enjoyed a higher derivation in the past when minerals from the region were part of the main stay of the economy, he said the agitation for the abolition of the 13 per cent was an insult to Niger Deltans.

Noting that the North got 50 per cent derivation on their contribution to the national purse, he spoke on the move by the North to “take away a paltry 13 per cent given to the South-South, which contributes over 90 per cent of the national wealth,” adding that “the country belongs to all Nigerians.”


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