The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Centre for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, CHURAC, Cleric.E. Alaowei Esq, today urged lawmakers from the South-South to sponsor a similar bill to the one allegedly sponsored by northern lawmakers to allow the producing states to have total control of their natural resources while they pay royalties to the central government.
In a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST, the legal practitioner said, “That is even the crux of federalism.”
It was learnt that a number of northern lawmakers in the National Assembly had allegedly sponsored a bill to alter Section 162 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
In a reaction, Alaowei described the move by the northern lawmakers as an assault on the pauperised oil-bearing communities.
He said, “It’s appalling that at this point of our national oddities, some person wants to stir the turbulent water of insurrection?
“Deleting the 13% derivation from the Constitution appears like declaring the environmentally degraded and despoiled oil-producing communities as slaves who deserved nothing to benefit in Nigeria including resources found in their lands.
“It simply means that the oil-bearing communities should suffer environmental destruction without remediation.
“The last time we checked, chapter two of the Constitution declared Nigeria as a Country of social justice with equal partners where no ethnic groups should be discriminated in any manner.
“Will the oil host communities or better still the Niger Delta region be at peace with the Federal Government if this economic apathy is perfected by their oppressors?
“Nigeria is already plagued with too many problems. We can’t afford to have another one.
“The Country will not survive the conflagration. The sponsors of that draconian Bill should rather seek to increase the derivation to 50% as was the case in the 60s.”
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