Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang has called for the establishment of a National Derivation Commission, NDC, to address the challenges of deprivation and under-development of oil and mineral producing communities.
Enang, who made the call when he led the Host Communities of Nigeria, HOSCON, to a meeting with the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, in Abuja, said the commission if established, would be responsible for monitoring and ensuring that derivation funds accruable to the region are applied for development.
The senator added that part of their demands to the president is that monies are given through the state government directly to the communities, as the refusal of state governments to comply with equitable distribution of the funds is causing communities to look up to the federal government.
“The governors point a finger at President Buhari that he is with the money,” he said.
While thanking Omo-Agege for pushing the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, before the National Assembly, he urged him to prevail on Buhari to ensure that adequate compensation is given to communities that suffer the effect of gas flaring.
“There is a misconception by one of the agencies that gas flaring is part of the 13 percent derivation. Gas flaring is different from derivation, it is a penalty for the people who suffer its effect, it is not part of derivation,” he added.
Other members of the delegation are the Amayanabo of Twon-Brass and Chairman, Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, Chief Alfred Diete-Spiff; High Chief Jasper Jumbo; HRH Samuel Nee; Chief Emmanuel Anele; Deaconess Josephine Odungide and Chief Wellington Okirika.