North­ern del­e­gates want re­turn of on­shore/off­shore di­chotomy

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

North­ern del­e­gates yes­ter­day called for the re-in­tro­duc­tion of on­shore/off­shore di­chotomy to en­able non-oil pro­duc­ing states ben­e­fit from rev­enue re­ceived from oil ex­plo­ration and ex­ploita­tion car­ried out off-shore.

This call was made by Am­bas­sador Sule Mai, an Arewa Con­sul­ta­tive Fo­rum (ACF), from North East and an­other del­e­gate from Sokoto State, En­gi­neer Su­laiman Bello.

These del­e­gates in their var­i­ous sub­mis­sions ar­gued that oil pro­duc­ing states are re­ceiv­ing bil­lions oil rev­enue af­ter their 13 per­cent deriva­tion at the detri­ment of their non-oil pro­duc­ing coun­ter­parts.

They said the law that ab­ro­gated the on­shore/off­shore di­chotomy should be re­pealed to en­able states other than those pro­duc­ing oil to ben­e­fit from off-shore rev­enues in line with in­ter­na­tional law and prac­tice.

How­ever, Pro­fes­sor Nsongu­rua Udom­bana, from Akwa Ibom State re­jected the north­ern del­e­gates’ sug­ges­tion, say­ing that no in­ter­na­tional law as cited by the speak­ers can dic­tate to a coun­try what to do within its lo­cal­ity.

He said in­stead, sec­tions of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion that vest author­ity on the cen­tral govern­ment with re­gard to the con­trol of nat­u­ral re­sources to the ex­clu­sion of the states where they are do­mes­ti­cated should be ab­ro­gated in the spirit of true fed­er­al­ism.

Udom­bana stated that the prob­lem of Nigeria was not lack of re­sources but in­abil­ity of the lead­ers to suc­cess­fully har­ness these re­sources for the ben­e­fit of the people.

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