Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The National Vice Chairman (South-south) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ntufam Hilliard Eta, has said the federal government will not resuscitate the rested issue of onshore-offshore dichotomy despite its inclusion in the report on fiscal federalism and restructuring submitted by the Malam Nasir el-Rufai-led committee to the ruling party recently.
Eta, in a statement issued yesterday by his Media Aide, Bassey Ita, said the federal government would not resurrect the issue â€œfor obvious reasonsâ€ which will amount to waking up an issued already resolved by a previous administration.
Against the background of renewed agitations in some quarters that the issue of onshore-offshore dichotomy be considered along with other conditions in the APCâ€™s restructuring report, the South-south APC chieftain declared that the issue has been affirmed by previous governments and therefore cannot be whipped up again.
â€˜â€™I have been in touch with the presidency on this and I have had the assurance of the president that the issue of the political settlement of the onshore-offshore dichotomy can only be reaffirmed by this government. So the idea of resurrecting it now does not arise,â€ Eta said.
He reiterated governmentâ€™s assurance to impact the lives of oil bearing communities which he said have suffered neglect and untold hardship arising from exploration activities in the area.