By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—A member of the House of Representatives, Oghene Egoh, has urged the Federal Government to give priority to the people of Niger Delta in the next allocation of oil blocs.
According to him, it is complete fraud to allocate more oil licences and blocs to people outside the zone.
He also said that the deprivation the people of Niger Delta had suffered, with regard to allocation of oil blocs in the country had contributed to the upsurge of militancy, which had adversely affected oil production and the nation’s economy.
Egoh, who represents Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency of Lagos State on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja, said government should correct the alleged injustice in the next allocation, noting that it would help to reduce agitations.
His call for the consideration of the people of Niger Delta in allocation of oil blocs and licences was a result of the recent disclosure by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu, that people from the South South would be considered and given oil wells when licenses would be reviewed by the Federal Government.
The Delta State-born politician wondered why people from the Niger Delta would be left out when the oil wells were given out.
He said: “The region is the goose that lays the golden egg. Is it that they are not educated enough, not qualified or that they are not businessmen? These are the things that fuel agitations.
“It is clear that they were unfair to people of the Niger Delta. However, if they now decide to do restitution, it is alright.
“The case of allocating oil wells found in the region to people outside the region is pure fraud.”