South-South Govs Demand 10% of Oil Revenue for Host Communities

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Ifeanyi Okowa

Governors of South-south states have demanded the upward review from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent of oil revenue payments to host oil communities.

The chairman of the South-South Forum and Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, stated this on Monday night at the end of the South-South Governors’ meeting in Port Harcourt.

Okowa said the 2.5 per cent stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), now before the National Assembly for the host communities, was inadequate.

“We are of the view that while we welcome the Host Community Trust Fund, we do believe that 2.5 per cent that is appropriated in that bill for the purpose of host community fund is inadequate.

“We have discussed with our people and collectively as leaders of the people in our various states and as leaders standing in on behalf of our people, we urge the National Assembly to increase the provision in the host community fund from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent.

“This is in the best interest of our communities and the nation,’’ Okowa said.

Okowa maintained that the host communities would be watchdogs of oil facilities on behalf of the Federal, State Governments and oil companies.

“A peaceful environment in the various oil communities would enable us have greater and seamless production, without any form of disruption going into the future.