By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to pay the 13% derivation fund for oil and fuel producing communities on to them.
A bunch, Involved Leaders of the Rivers State Oil and Gasoline Producing Communities made the decision in a press release circulated to newsmen.
The assertion which was signed by the chairman and secretary of the group, Mr. James Njoku and Amb. (Mrs.) Lucy Ikiriko, respectively, described the continued fee of the income allocation via state governors as “unlawful,” what with oil and fuel being on the Unique Legislative Record.
Based on the leaders, over N44 trillion of the mentioned fund has been “mismanaged, embezzled and diverted” since its introduction.
The leaders lamented that regardless of the large income allocation, there aren’t any noticeable infrastructural amenities on floor within the oil-rich Niger Delta area to point that such cash has been expended.
They, subsequently, appealed to President Buhari to direct the related federal company in cost, to stop forthwith, the fee of the 13% derivation fund via state governors, however pay it via the Presidential Derivation Committee (PDC) and State Implementation Committee (SIC) to the communities.
The assertion additional lauded the presidency for the strikes to make sure that 774 Native Governments, in addition to the States Home of Assemblies and the Judiciary, straight get their allocations from the federation’s account.
A part of the assertion reads, “as leaders of the Niger-Delta area, we’re comfortable that President Muhammadu Buhari has determined to deal with head-on the multi-faceted corruption that has bedeviled our pricey nation, particularly because it issues useful resource allocation and precise utilization of such funds.
“13% derivation fund is a benchmark acknowledged by part 162 (2) of the 1999 structure as amended. ‘Supplied the precept of derivation shall be continually mirrored in any authorised method as not been lower than 13% of the Income accruing to the Federation Account straight from any pure assets’.
“Of a fact 13% derivation fund is the one first line cost on the Federation Account. The Federal Authorities is second line cost, the state authorities is third line cost whereas the native authorities is fourth line cost. That is the place of legislation as confirmed by the income method.
“Through the years, 13 per cent derivation fund has remained a bone of rivalry between the state authorities and the oil-producing communities. Subsequently, we implore the Federal Authorities to cease remitting the 13 per cent derivation allocation to the states.
“It’s unlawful and unconstitutional to pay the 13% derivation fund which is first line cost via State Governors third line cost on the Federation Account, in response to Part 162 (2) of the 1999 structure as amended.
“This place of the structure made it very clear that 13% derivation fund is offered constitutionally and solely for the oil/fuel producing communities primarily, as compensation for lack of fishing rights and productive Farmlands on account of oil/fuel exploration and manufacturing actions.
“It’s instructive to notice that any matter that’s on the Unique Legislative Record. It is just the President or Head State that has the prerogative and jurisdiction on all matter on the unique legislative listing. No governor or state assemblies can legislate on issues on the unique listing.
“Subsequently, it’s unlawful and unconstitutional for governors of the South – South States and their States Assemblies to legislate on oil/fuel – 13% derivation fund which is first line cost on the Federation Account.
“We want to attraction to President Muhammadu Buhari and plead with Mr. President to cease the unlawful and unconstitutional fee of 13% derivation fund via state governors who’re third line cost on the Federation Account and pay identical on to the Host communities via the proposed Presidential Derivation Committee (PDC) and State Implementation Committees (SIC)”, the assertion mentioned.