Re­source con­trol de­bates be­gin

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

The con­fer­ence com­mit­tee on de­vo­lu­tion of power yes­ter­day be­gan de­bate on re­source con­trol, with many del­e­gates say­ing there is need for re­source con­trol but wished that its im­ple­men­ta­tion be de­layed to en­able all parts of the coun­try to be ready to em­brace it.

A del­e­gate Se­na­tor Jack Til­ley Gyado, said ev­ery time the is­sue of re­source con­trol comes on the ta­ble, people be­come ap­pre­hen­sive.

“A lot of mar­riages break­down due to lack of money and how it is spent. I must align my­self with the con­tri­bu­tions of Ibrahim Mantu.

“With 13 per cent be­ing given the South-South, with the NDDC, Min­istry of Niger Delta, the SURE-P, the Amnesty and nor­mal al­lo­ca­tions to the states, I ad­vise we make haste slowly in ask­ing for more to be given. I be­lieve that the tim­ing of the re­quest is wrong al­though the re­quest is good,” he said.

Chief Ayo Ade­banjo said he is priv­i­leged to be part of those who started the ag­i­ta­tion for re­source con­trol in the coun­try dur­ing which Western Re­gion used 50 per­cent of its re­sources to carry our mas­sive de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion.

Al­ready north­ern del­e­gates have started call­ing for the re­turn of the on-shore/off-shore di­chotomy, with the Lamido Adamawa Al­haji Muham­madu Barkindo Mustapha propos­ing that oil states should have 100 per­cent con­trol of oil rev­enue while non-oil pro­duc­ing states should con­trol their lands.

The com­mit­tee on en­vi­ron­ment also yes­ter­day set up four sub com­mit­tees. They are on cli­mate change; pol­lu­tion and gas flar­ing; de­for­esta­tion, drought and bush burn­ing; and waste man­age­ment/min­ing.

PHOTO: IKECHUKWU IBE

Chair­man of the Com­mit­tee on Agri­cul­ture, Umaru Hade­jia (left), with his deputy Ifeoma Idigbe dur­ing the com­mit­tee’s sit­ting in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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