DELTA State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday said no law of the country permits Zamfara State government to control or manage gold deposits in the state. The governor noted that the governors of the South-South region would soon take up the matter with the federal government. Speaking at his 2020 quarterly media interaction in Asaba, the state capital, Okowa maintained that what Zamfara State government was doing was clearly an illegality, warning that if the matter was not properly addressed, governors in the South-South would have no option than to assume control of oil and gas in their states. The governor, who asserted that governors in his region believed in restructuring and resource control, hinted that governors of the oil- rich region, ministers, lawmakers and other stakeholders would meet on Friday in Port-Harcourt to deliberate and take position on the matter and other issues. He also applauded the efforts of the South-South Governors who he said though could do better, were already doing very well amidst the challenges they face in the development of their respective states. “South-South governors before now have been talking about the need for restructuring and need for resource control, obviously we are on that because we feel there is the need to restructure not only the country, but the management of resources. “But as at today, there are acts in the National Assembly that guide the issue of oil production and with the solid minerals, those are not covered in these acts and obviously, this is already a sore point in our nation’s governance system and we hope to express this very strongly during the meeting taking place in Port-Harcourt on Friday. “We cannot apply laws in our nation to the point that it becomes discriminatory because if people are allowed to process for their solid minerals, they should also be allowed to do same for their oil. So we are going to be very hard and try to make our voice as strong as possible during the meeting. “I believe that at some point in time, these discriminatory tendencies will have to be revisited in our nation at some point in time,” he said. Speaking on the demands of oil bearing communities in the state to manage the 13 per cent derivation accrued to them, the governor said “I think it’s important that we put our energy in the right direction, because people have the wrong concepts on what needs to be done. “I’m not a lawyer, but I believe that the constitution is very straight forward on how derivation monies should be handled and who should handle it. “What we are doing as at today is to drive the process in the PIB where the oil bearing communities will have some leverages and be provided for in the law which allows them to have a percentage that will help them to strengthen the relationship between them and the oil companies. “This is because if every community rises and say they want to control their resources, Nigeria will eventually become a banana republic and there will be no control, hence no country or state. “Take a look at Delta State, for instance, there are 20 or 21 LGAs that are oil producing; if every community tries to control its own, I’m sure that the crisis and battles that will come out of it will be beyond our control.