Laundering 13% Derivation Abroad, Reason N’Delta Is Still Underdeveloped- Group

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    Ugbokodo-Okoe Community in Okoe LGA Delta State protesting alleged marginalization by oil companies.

    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    A Niger Delta Group, the Centre for the Vulnerable and Underprivileged (CETREP) on Tuesday said the Niger Delta region is still underdeveloped because the thirteen percent (13%) derivation is allegedly being laundered abroad through the Interventionists Agencies by the Governors of the Niger Delta States in the South-South region of Nigeria.


    CEPTREP Executive Director, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq made the assertion in a chat with our correspondent on Tuesday.


    Ikimi described the Interventionists agencies are cesspools of corruption.
    He also opined that the 13% derivation is enough to developed the Niger Delta region.


    Another reason the Niger Delta region has remained underdeveloped is because of the “Niger Delta Merchants”,Ikimi said.


    The legal practitioner explained that the Niger Delta merchants are People who live outside the the Niger Delta region.
    According to Ikimi,” These Niger Delta merchants cry foul to the Federal Government in the name of the region which they sabotage. 


    “They don’t have the interests of the region and the people of the Niger Delta at heart.
    ” The Niger Delta people are people who live within the Niger Delta. These are people who live in tach houses, slums, coastal Communities. People who have no access to light, portable water, health facilities.


    “In fact, it is the river they defacate on that they drink from. These are the reasons why the region is still underdeveloped.


    ” The Federal Government allegedly paid 100billion naira to herders and Ogoni cleanup is still there.


    “Niger Deltans in President Buhari’s cabinet like Amaechi, what has he been doing? 


    ” They’re not interest in the Niger Delta and until we wake up from our deep slumber, this generation will sail away. A new one will rise to do the right thing and they will addressed this generation as a wasted one. We should take the bull by the horn.”

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