Urhobo group faults militants’ demand to pay derivation to HOSTCOM
UDU— URHOBO Youth Leaders Association,
UYLA, in Delta State, has criticized the recent
call by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers,
RNDA, and other militant groups on the Federal
Government to pay 13 per cent oil derivation
directly to the host communities in Niger Delta region.
The association in a statement by its National Secretary, Olorogun Vincent Oyibode, in Udu, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state, said, “The militants and their sponsors are only seeking cheap popularity. This call that the Federal Government should stop the payment of the 13 per cent oil derivation funds to state governors of Niger Delta, but rather directly to HOSTCOM in line with the 1999 constitution as amended in Section 162, sub section 2, is laughable.
“This is because in the section they quoted,
there is no where revenue is allocated to any host community, not even the local governments. All revenues are allocated to the states and the states distribute accordingly.
“The sponsors should study this section of the
constitution before making a fool of
themselves. They think that they can use that
to deceive HOSTCOM, but the executives of
HOSTCOM, as I know them, are well lettered
and well informed.
“We call on the Federal Government to urgently
implement all promises made by the then
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, during his
historic fact-finding tour to the region and set
up the presidential dialogue team to critically discuss and resolve issues contained in the 16-point demand, especially the issues of fiscal federalism, resource control, restructuring and the devolution of power to the states.“