As the nation gears up for the envisaged restructuring of the federal arrangement, Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa says the 13 per cent derivation given to the Niger Delta is insufficient to develop the region. Dickson
Speaking in Ijaw language on Tuesday during a live media chat in Yenagoa, Dickson said the derivation principle was short of the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the Niger Delta.
The governor 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 per cent derivation the federal government gives to us can never be enough to tackle our developmental needs at the pace we want. Restructuring is the only veritable means to achieve sustainable peace, stability and prosperity not only in our region but throughout the country.
“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.
“For instance, Bayelsa is where the federal government is doing almost nothing to support our development efforts. We are the ones building all our schools, hospitals, roads and bridges to link our communities in this state. “That is why I expect every right thinking Ijaw or Niger Delta person and true Nigerian 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,” Dickson said.