The Niger Delta Congress (NDC) has offered its place to the Senator Betty Apiafi-chaired Senate Committee on the Overview of the 1999 Structure in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The group demanded a brand new structure for Nigeria and insisted restructuring will pave the way in which for financial and political autonomy for the Niger Delta.
An announcement by Ovunda Eni, the spokesperson of the congress in Rivers, stated the NDC, amongst different suggestions, known as for the removing of 45 gadgets from the Unique Legislative listing.
These embrace the Police, arms and ammunition, mines and minerals, and ports.
The NDC proposed a return to the derivation system as proposed by Hicks — Philipson Fee Report (1951).
The report additionally advised that fifty p.c ought to be for the manufacturing space, 35 p.c to the state, and 15 p.c to the Federal Authorities. The system was in use as of October 1963.
The NDC stated it seen the “obvious unseriousness of the committee from the conduct of the committee members”.
The group careworn that its look on the public listening to was to placed on report the stance of the Niger Delta concerning the 1999 structure.
“We want to categorically state that the NDC is in opposition to the 1999 Nigerian structure as amended and requires a model new structure.
“We’d additionally prefer to state that the destiny of the Niger Delta shouldn’t be depending on the actions or inaction of the committee, however in our arms as a individuals.
“The Niger Delta individuals don’t plan on ready on the committee to deal with the existential points affecting the individuals and area”, the assertion added.
Structure evaluation: Public listening to begins Might 26
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