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No plan to re-introduce onshore/offshore dichotomy —FG

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THE Federal Government, yesterday, said there was no plan to re-introduce the abolished onshore/offshore dichotomy in revenue allocation or derivation.

The clarification by the Federal Government came on the heels of the allegation that the report of Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led All Progressives Congress, APC, on the proposed restructuring of the country that was before the National Working Committee of the party, had recommended that the oil, gas and other minerals devolved to the state and that offshore belong to the Federal Government.

Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State

It was alleged that from the APC report on proposed restructuring, its recommendation intended to deprive the littoral states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Lagos, among others, of the derivation content of revenue allocation.

But debunking the allegation, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Senate) on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, said there was no suggestion made for the abrogation of the Act in the recommendations and that there was no proposed bill drafted in the report.

He said:  “At no point has it been recommended for the onshore/offshore dichotomy to be re-introduced or enforced and the Federal Government is not doing so at this moment. May this be enough to allay the fears of the agitated or lay to rest the malicious issues raised by false alarmists.”

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