SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, (THEWILL) – Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson has declared that the 13% derivation principle for the Niger Delta was a mockery of the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
A statement issued by Dickson ‘s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Francis Agbo said the governor made this known during a live media chat in Ijaw language in Government House Yenagoa.
The governor said the 13 percent derivation was not enough to develop the Niger Delta region as he argued that only restructuring would guarantee sustainable peace, stability and development in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.
“I have said it time and time again that the 13% derivation they are giving to us can never be enough to tackle our development needs at the pace we want,” he said.
“Restructuring is the only veritable means to achieve sustainable peace, stability and prosperity not only in this our region but throughout the country.
“For how long will the Federal Government and indeed all the supporters of this great injustice continue to treat us as slaves? What they call oil blocs are our ancestral lands but we are the people that are excluded from the ownership and use of this our God-given property.
“Take Bayelsa, for instance, where the Federal Government is doing almost nothing to support our development effort. We are the ones building all our schools, hospitals, roads and bridges to link our communities in this state. Is that fair?
“That is why I expect every right thinking Ijaw or Niger Delta person and true Nigerians to support our clamour for restructuring because that is the right thing to do so that every part of our country will have a sense of belonging.”