Dr Omene Willison former executive chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council says that Governors of Niger Delta Region have come under inspection for the under development of the region, just as oil companies operating in the region are asked to quit if they are not ready to carry their host communities along in their operations.
Dr Omene Willison dropped this charge while addressing newsmen at his residence in Mosogar, Ethiope West LGA.
Omeme Willison accused the governors of conniving with oil companies to oppress and suppress the people, adding that, a lot of the states have no master plan including Deltra State, they have been operating ad hoc administration since the inception of the current democratic dispensation, on tangible development in Delta State.
The former council boss described the statement credited to Mr. Timipre Silver; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources that oil companies’ operation in the Niger Delta cannot move their headquarters to the region as a result of insecurity.
Omene clarified that the insecurity in the Niger Delta is caused by the divide and rule tactics of oil companies who always connive with state governors to short change the people.
He said the oil-bearing communities in Delta State have not seen nor feel the impact of the 13% derivation fund through the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC).
Omene also took a swipe at Mr. Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, saying that the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC is broke, arguing that, the Commission cannot be broke since it is a statutory body funded by the federal government and oil companies. “So why should somebody say NDDC is broke? If NDDC is broke then corruption has eaten deeper than expected in the Commission” Omene said.
Omene said he cannot fault the Delta State Government on his recent move to increase its internally generated revenue, provide it does not lead to multiple taxation.
It is a welcome development if the state government want to increase its IGR, but it should be done in a way it does not clash with that of FIRS.
They can work on income tax and road users was well so there is nothing wrong if government want shore up its IGR.