PIB:Urhobos Kick! … ‘Say We Shall Not Be Intimidated;Its 10% Or Nothing’!

A former Member of the Delta State House of Assembly and National President of the Urhobo Peoples International Assembly (UPIA), Chief Keston Okoro Muhammed Al-Amin,says Urhobo nation is opposed to the three percent revenue derivation to host communities, following the passage of the Pertroleum Industry Bill by the National Assembly.

He said UPIA demands ten percent in lieu of the three percent agreed on by the Legislators.

He is of the view that the bill be amended to accommodate the demands of the people before it is assented to by President Muhamadu Buhari.

Chief Okoro who made the submission during a chat with Journalists , Monday said the decision was reached at a meeting of notable elders and leaders of thought representing the Urhobo nation.

His words:”We know what the act of oil exploration has caused the Niger Delta and for once, we are saying that they should allow the region that takes care of the nation enjoy from their wealth”, noting that to whom much is given, much is expected.

“The Federal Government and especially the National Assembly ought to have realized the negative impact we have suffered. We sustain the Nigerian economy with almost 90 percent of our resources.”

“But we also are supporters of one Nigeria. We just said we don’t wash our dirty linen outside if not no one has the monopoly of violence. We know where we are coming from in this country. But we have come to the point where we must call a spade a spade because what is good for the goose is good for the gander, but we don’t want to pervert the cause of justice. We don’t want to be a stranger in our own God’s given land.”

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He said the people are prepared to resist every form of intimidation or threats on the PIB matter.

“We are not accepting that three percent, not even five percent. What we agitated for is thirty percent. But because some leaders are saying because of the situation of the country, we said okay we agree to ten percent. But anything short of that will be resisted fully,” he said.

He said the people were united on that resolve.

“As it is, we are all at alert; peradventure they decide to impose it on us. We know what the land use Act has caused us,” he added.

He prayed the President to impress the need on the National Assembly to reconvene, withdraw the clause of three percent and do the needful on the bill as a caveat for the Urhobo nation to continue to support and promote a united and virile Nigeria.

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