By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”A 50-member team of the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Stakeholders Forum, OMPSTAFOR,Â drawn from the nine oil and gas producing states has been constitutedÂ toÂ meet with the National Assembly, Governors of Kwara, Oyo, Niger and Cross River States and theÂ Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to seek their support for the speedy passage of the Revenue Bill.
The decision to mount a fresh pressure on the National Assembly and others over the Revenue Bill was taken at an enlarged stakeholders meeting of OMPTASFOR in Warri, Delta State
The meeting had in attendance, the national coordinator, Prince Maikpobi Okareme, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Ovie Ogbon Ogoni, Enogie of Evbovbioba Kingdom in Edo State, His Royal Highness, Edwin Izevbokun, Ovie of Udu Kingdom, HRH Ohworhu and others.
The forum in a communique by Prince Okareme, a one-time national secretary of TROMPCON, resolved to press for the appointment of Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange, Mr Tam Brisibe and Mr Leo Ogor as liaison officers to coordinate the passage of the Bill in the Senate and House of Representatives respectively.
The forum also resolved that the various State Oil Commissions should partner with OMPSTAFOR for the quick passage of the Revenue Bill, which will automatically increase their percentage to 60 percent.
While commending National Assembly for its resolution empowering Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to act as President, the group urged him to be bold, courageous and decisive in dealing with the lingering developmental challenges of the Niger_Delta.
â€œMr. President should constitute the board of the Nigeria Content Development Agency with input from the oil producing communities while the headquarters should be situated in Delta stateâ€, it stated.
The forum also urged the Minister of Agriculture to â€œwrite the Federal Executive Council to release the more than N250 million being owed the oil producing communities through the NDDC, which should now be supervised by the Ministry of Niger_Delta, instead of the office of the Secretary to Federal Governmentâ€.