Ibori: The Struggle for Resource Control Has Just Begun

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Segun James

The former governor of Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, has said that contrary to the belief in some quarters, the fight for resource control in the country has just began.

Ibori said this at the launch of the book, ‘Attah On Resource Control’ written by the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos yesterday.

According to him, contrary to the impression being created, what has been “politically settled” between the oil producing states and the federal government was the issue of onshore/offshore dichotomy and not the issue of derivation.

He said: “The derivation aspect of the agitation for resource control has not been settled, we still have a long way to travel. Let me tell you, during the struggle, every single person in the Niger Delta region supported the advocacy; today, they are still holding passionately to the idea.”

Ibori who recalled that leaders like Governor Bola Tinubu among others shared the passion as himself, Attah and the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha on the resources control issue.

He lamented that the people of the Niger Delta region who bore the brunt of oil exploration and exploitation still have nothing to show for all their sacrifices, adding their woes were being made worse in recent time by the way and manner security agents are destroying the illegal refineries in the region.

He cried that this has created so much environmental degradation that is even worse than when he was in government.