The Delta state ethnic nationality youth council leaders, has call on the House of Representative to disregard the petroleum industry bill passed by the senate. The group frowned at the Nigeria Senate over the passage of the bill, while noting that the senate proceeded with the bill without considering the welfare of the indigenous communities which is one of the major objective that necessitated the introduction of the bill.
In a meeting held in Warri yesterday, the group said: “the bill passed by the Senate focuses its attention only on the smooth business operations of oil corporations without any comprehensive thought given to the age old suffering and deprived oil producing communities”.
Among those present at the meeting were president of Ijaw youth council IYC, Roland oweilaemi, president of Urhobo Progress Union youth wing, Ovie Igho Anthony,president of Isoko Youth Agenda IYA, Sebastine Agbefe, president of Anioma Youth Council AYC, Marcus Enudi and the president of Itsekiri National Youth congress INYC, Esimaje Awani.
The youth leaders appealed to members of the House of Representatives particularly those of Niger Delta origin, honourable members who are friends of the Niger Delta and every other honourable member who is a patriot to disregard the bill until the interest of the host communities are taken care of in the bill.
The group also demanded that the section of the draft bill which recommends that ten percent of the proceeds of oil and gas revenue be earmarked for the oil producing communities be reinstated in the bill.
The group went further to call for restructuring of Nigeria, while noting that “the Nigerian State has a faulty structure and except we break down the structure and redesign it for sustainability, the structure is sure to collapse in the long run”.
The youth leaders pleaded with politicians in power to admit it that Nigeria needs restructuring and then set machinery in motion to achieve the much desired restructuring along the lines of true and accepted tenets of federalism.