By Austin Ogwuda, Festus Ahon & Emma Arubi
ASABAâ€”DELTA State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said that governors of the 36 states of the federation never at any time consented that President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua could rule the country from exile.
Answering a reporters’ question during a media chat in Asaba yesterday, Uduaghan said that though the president had been away from the country on health ground, there was optimism that the ailing president would soon return as his health was being managed.
Asked what the position of the Governorsâ€™ Forum on the health situation of the president was, Uduaghan said:Â Â â€œI have said that Mr. President is not on exile, please let us get that clear.
“Mr. President is not on exile, never on exile, so no governor said he can rule from exile.
â€œAll we (governors) know is that there are issues with his health and are currently being managed in Saudi-Arabia. And from what we get, his condition is improving and by the grace of God, he will come back to office.â€
On the 10 percent equity to host communities, the governor suggested that an international trust fund be set up to manage the funds on behalf of the oil producing communities.
According to him, â€œthere have been arguments that if the 10 percent is given to the communities, they will kill themselves.
â€œBut what we have advised is that the communities over the years have been structured in such a way that they relate to the oil companies very freely; they donâ€™t kill themselves, so the advice we give to the National Assembly and to the Federal Government is relate with the oil companies, use the structure that the oil companies are currently using to reach out to the communities.
â€œIn fact, some of them group the communities into three: There are the oil producing communities, there are the oil impacted communities and there are the satellite communities.”
â€œThese are well known. So we do not believe that if this fund is brought down the people will kill themselves.â€
On the post-amnesty programme, Governor Uduaghan told newsmen that the camps set up to rehabilitate the ex-militants were not enough and called on the Federal Government to set up more, especially considering the use of barracks.