By Austin Ogwuda, Asaba
ONE of the delegates representing the South South minorities in the on-going Constitutional Conference in Abuja, Chief Paul Enebeli has said that what is important now is to focus on resource generation instead of agitation for resource control, arguing that this approach would rather create a cordial atmosphere than talking about resource control.
Exchanging views with newsmen in Asaba said, “I think the cornerstone for which to build anything is the structure. I am saying that right now, we should stop talking about resource control and concentrate on resource generation, because the fear of most people when you talk about resource control is that they will say, ah! the little thing they are getting from oil will be taken away.
“What do I mean by resource generation? I am saying that we will like to see the cotton industry re-emerging and the textile industry will be revived. Uduaghan is looking at Delta Beyond Oil, a project whereby the people are looking at other sources of revenue generation other than oil. Delta has a lot of agricultural products – rubber, palm oil, cocoa, we have a lot of minerals too in the state. In some place, we have iron ore. These things are not tapped. So, I am looking at resource generation, let there be take-off grants from revenue from oil and allow states to be committed in accessing the resources in their States”.
…. Seeks restitution from FG over neglect of Ndokwa
Enebeli, who is also the President General of Ndokwa National Union (NNU) also said that his people will demand restitution from the federal government, saying that “despite all that the Ndokwa gives to the federal government, we do not have federal presence in our area.
“In the three Ndokwa local government areas – Ndokwa West, Ndokwa East and Ukwuani, the only thing that we have as federal government presence is a dilapidated prison yard which is in Kwale and a few Police stations located here and there, that is apart from the fact that we give about 20 per cent of the energy use of the country and we don’t have electricity in our area.
“We have so many marginal fields in Ndokwa, even in the area of appointment, since I was born, I have never seen an Ndokwa-born Minister, an Ambassador, I have never seen a Judge”.