Delta Speaker Attributes Militancy In N/Delta To Inadequate Benefit Of Resources From The Region
…Urges Buhari To Dialogue With Niger Delta Leaders
… Review Oil Wells Ownership Structure In Nigeria
…Says South -South, South -East Lawmakers Say No To Grazing Bill
The Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya has attributed the militancy in the Niger Delta oil rich region to general under-development and inadequate benefit of the resources from the region among other factors.
This is just as he spoke on the challenges, gains and distractions in his first one year in office, describing his colleagues as wonderful people.
Igbuya, who stated this today, while speaking with local and foreign journalists in Sapele, also said that the House passed a good number of bills.
He listed other factors responsible for the militancy in the region to include: the defective and harsh socio-economic environment, lack of employment opportunities, environmental degradation, lack of infrastructure, advising President Muhammadu Buhari to dialogue with the people.
“Mr. President should dialogue with the people. What are the problems? He should listen to the people. Power belongs to the people.” he affirmed
He also urged the President to review the ownership structure of oil wells in the country in the interest of peace, harmony and unity of Nigeria.
According to Igbuya, “How many South- South people are owners of oil wells in the country? He should allow 65 per cent ownership by the people of the Niger Delta region.
He said that the last one year has been tough but that his colleagues were wonderful.
According to him, “Before June 8, 2016, hopes were high. Some of us thought we were going to live in the past. Past Speakers had enormous influence and resources to assist the people. One year gone, the reverse is the case. We met serious recession. Subvention was reduced. In three months, things started getting worse. We started preaching the gospel of belt tightening. My colleagues have seen reasons to adjust. The situation is very bad, very difficult and tough. My colleagues are wonderful people.”
“We passed a good number of bills. Administratively, we achieved a major feat. We were able to find solution to poor power supply” he added.
Demonstrating maturity and total understanding of what politics should be all about, Igbuya stressed on synergy between the three arms of government.
“Can you achieve result without fund? No legislature can work without fund. We don’t generate revenue. The executive does that. There must be synergy between the three arms of government. People should be talking about synergy, not independence” he said.
Empathising with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the speaker said the House would continue to make laws for the good governance of the state.
In his words, “I feel for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. I wonder how he intends to achieve some of his dreams. We are looking inward and bringing some laws that can make Delta State generate enough revenue. Okowa means well for the people. He wants to set a standard. Deltans should continue to pray for this administration.”
He commended the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for positioning the party ahead of 2019 general election, adding that the party is intact and that there is no faction in Delta
“There is no faction in Delta State PDP. The reconciliation committee is doing very well.” he said
Speaking on the proposed bill to establish and control grazing routes and reserves before the National Assembly, Igbuya rejected the bill, stating that the resolutions of the South-South and South-East lawmakers are quite clear and that the two geo-political zones have asked their representatives in the National Assembly to oppose it.
On the development currently going on in Sapele, the Delta State House of Assembly Speaker, “Sapele is developing. The dualisation of Sapele Road from Amukpe roundabout is ongoing.. Beautification exercise is ongoing. We are going to focus on other roads in Sapele. We are trying to expose Sapele to the international community. We are going to make Sapele a major centre for foreign investors and tourists.”
Speaking on the death of Olorogun Felix Ovudoroye Ibru, he described his demise as a terrible blow to the political class and Nigerians in general.
“Olorogun Felix Ovudoroye Ibru was a man whose name spoke volume. He was imbued with gratitude, generosity, virtue, vision, ideas, spirituality, integrity and humility. He was, without doubt an architect first, before any other thing. It was however on the political turf that he etched his name on marble. Indeed, Senator Ibru left indelible prints on the Nigerian political space. He contributed greatly to the growth of the Nigerian State. Together with Chief Simeon Ebonka, they formed a strong partnership and set the template for the development of Delta State. He also contributed a lot to the uplifting of the Urhobo nation.”
He continued, “Ibru death surely deprives the nation of one of its best minds. I however take solace in the fact that the first democratically elected governor of Delta State lived an inspired and fulfilled life by the manner he deployed his professional expertise towards the development of Nigeria. He will definitely be missed by friends, family, associates, colleagues and all those whose lives he positively touched in one way or the other. He will forever be remembered as one who came, and did his bit in a very great and impressive way. He will also be remembered by Nigerians, particularly Deltans as the man who reached the pinnacle of power but refused to be intoxicated by it. I sincerely join the entire family of Senator Ibru, his people at Agbarha-Otor and all patriots of Nigeria in celebrating the life of a great Nigerian citizen. I also bid our great leader and mentor a respectful farewell and a sweet repose.
He also described the late Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi as a patriotic Nigerian and a great Deltan.
According to him, “His death is a monumental national loss. It is very sad. It is very painful. He was a great footballer and coach. He brought pride to Delta State. He did the nation and the youth proud by standing out in the crowd not only as a skillful player but a coach imbued with maturity. We will definitely miss him.”