Nigeria's oil producing states call for higher feed-back

Aug 05, 1999 02:00 AM

Commissioners of finance from Nigeria's oil producing states called for the federal government to feed back at least 50 % of the oil revenue to their states.
The commissioners, who started a meeting in Benin, a southern city in the oil-rich west African nation, also called for the constitution of the revenue mobilisation, allocation and fiscal commission, reported the Guardian, a leading Nigerian newspaper.
According to them, pursuant to section 162 of the 1999 Constitution which came into effect on May 27, accruals to oil producing states on the minimum 13 % derivation should take effect from the same date. It is widely believed that the comparably small part these states get from the oil income contributes to the poverty and social unrest in these areas.
The communique issued at the end of the meeting by Finance Commissioners of Rivers state Ngozi Amahr, Akeodi Oyaghiri, Clem Ehebha of Edo and their colleagues also decried the level of unemployment and other social vices in the oil producing areas, describing these as clear indication of lack of infrastructure in these areas.
The commissioners asked the government to practice true federalism but lauded the decision to wind up the PTF and the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission since these agencies did not live up to their billing.
On the Niger Delta Development Commission, they urged the government to ensure that its membership, management and control are exclusively drawn from the Niger Delta area. Finance commissioners from the states of Imo, Rivers, Edo, Ondo, Delta and Abia attended the meeting.

Source: Xinhua via Newspage
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