South South insists on 50% derivation
C’ttee backs fuel subsidy removal
By HENRY UMORU & JOSEPH ERUNKE
THE Committee on Devolution of Power will on Monday take a decision on the controversial issues of resource control and derivation among others.
The 24-member committee could not conclude debates on the issues yesterday and the members shifted the Decision Day to Monday.
Meanwhile, the South-South position, according to a member of the committee from Rivers State, Ms Ann Kio Briggs, is 50 per cent resource control. She added that the people of the Niger Delta region, who are the victims of the activities of oil producing companies are against reintroduction of on-shore/off-shore dichotomy are insisting that the continental shelf belongs to the states where the shelf are located.
Speaking with Journalists after the meeting, Annkio Briggs said, “that is the message my people gave me and that is exactly what I told members of the committee during my presentation.”
Meanwhile, a source told Vanguard yesterday that one of the strongest recommendations of the Senator Adamu Aliero-led committee on Public Finance and Revenue is total removal of fuel subsidy against the backdrop that some people were feeding fat on the present arrangement. It also said that the sum of N 1.3 trillion should be injected into the economy for the growth of Nigeria.
Speaking with Journalists at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, venue of the committee sitting, Co-chairman of the committee and former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Victor Attah who noted that discussions on derivation would continue on Monday, said that all members of the committee are expected to make their contributions before the final decision is taken.
He said: “Discussions on resource control started yesterday. So far, not all committee members have been able to make their contributions. So, even when we come back from lunch those who have not spoken will speak and if we still have some leftover they will continue on Monday and then we will be able to take decisions.
“You cannot take a decision when you have not heard the opinion of everybody on the matter. So, we are still waiting for everybody to present their position. But a pattern is beginning to emerge which I don’t want to anticipate or pre-empt. So, when the time comes we will tell you what decisions were taken.
All I can hint is that the whole focus is on whether dichotomy should be reintroduced, what should be the percentage on derivation and ownership of the resources.”