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Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by bizgynbala(m): 6:18am On Dec 27, 2012
Written by Vincent Egunyanga, Benin  

Thursday, 27 December 2012 05:04




Governors of the oil producing states in the South-South wasted a total of N7.282 trillion in the past 13 years, being petroleum derivation revenues received from the Federation Account, elder statesman Edwin Clark has said. Clark, a one-time information minister in the 1970s, said it was regretful that even though these funds were meant for the development of oil producing areas, those communities have little to show for it.

Speaking yesterday in Warri when he received a delegation of oil and gas producing communities of the Niger Delta, Clark said it was sheer greed on the part of governors to appropriate the derivation funds meant for the oil and gas producing communities.

He said since the funds were meant to develop those areas, governors have no business spending the monies the way they do now.

Based on provisions of the constitution, oil producing states are entitled to 13 per cent of funds generated from oil sales.

The funds are allocated monthly through the state governments, who have come under consistent criticism for mismanagement.

Clark spoke yesterday after he was briefed by the leadership of the oil producing areas who told him that the Federal Government has paid over N7.282 trillion in the past years 13 years as 13 percent derivation fund but the communities have nothing to show for it.

The delegation had representatives from Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Edo and Ondo states.

Clark recalled the pressures exerted during the 1994/95 constitutional conference and during the drafting of the 1999 constitution by the oil producing communities to get special derivation funds.

He said it was the agitation from the leaders and people of the oil producing areas that made the Federal Government to entrench the 13 percent derivation fund in the 1999 constitution to pacify the communities.

Clark questioned the allocation of these funds through the state governments, saying section 162 (2) of the constitution which provides for the payment of derivation fund did not say that the payments should be made through any state government.

He said the fund was created to address infrastructural deficit and neglect of the oil communities, and therefore the derivation monies belonged to the producing communities alone.

He urged for the direct payment of the funds to the communities as a way of bringing development to them faster.

The delegation of the oil and gas producing areas was led by Chief Wellington Okirika, who said they visited Clark to thank and pray for him for his leadership role for the Niger Delta and the country.

They urged for the setting up of a national derivation committee on 13 percent derivation fund with state implementation committees to be set up by the Federal Government to manage the funds on behalf of the communities.

This was not the first time that Niger Delta communities were agitating for direct payment of the derivation funds.

Last month, elders from oil producing states under the aegis of Oil and Gas Communities of Nigeria wrote to the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) urging that derivation funds be paid directly to the communities instead of through state governments.

Earlier in the year, Ijaw oil producing areas of Egbema, Gbaramatu and Ogulagha kingdoms in Delta State visited RMAFC chairman Elias Mbam, making the same case.

Mbam agreed with the agitators, saying that the derivation funds were being mismanaged by state governors through their control of the state-local government joint account.

Source: Daily Trust
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by caseless: 7:28am On Dec 27, 2012
To whom much is given, much is expected!

How does this huge money translate to any meaninful development in those areas(the oil producing communities)? The structural deficit is still there.......

Oh google-buggle! What is happening, abi na those war-lords de chop all d money? Sms.....

If getting little allocation is causing poverty in the northeast, then, what is getting much doing to the niger-delta region?

Na thesame story all the way.....
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by 0lumide: 7:35am On Dec 27, 2012
understatement!!

They have probably blown $100b

PDP power to the politicians!!!

Make I hear one militant scream our oyel again!

Buncha nut cases and I ain't talking snack boxes!

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by Jaideyone(m): 8:10am On Dec 27, 2012
Phee dee pheee... Power to the people shocked

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by Iaz93: 8:54am On Dec 27, 2012
Rubbish
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by Omen100(m): 8:57am On Dec 27, 2012
lipsrsealed shocked cry Oghene migwooooooooooooo, see money "$100b with in 13years & our roads are still unmotorable, please let's us go to war with or against past & present political office holders of this our south-south region which includes jonathan the present president of federal republic of Nigeria.
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by ijawkid(m): 8:58am On Dec 27, 2012
Useless governors..........thieves!!!!!!.....smh!!!!

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by palugycolina(m): 8:58am On Dec 27, 2012
nigerians..where are we heading?
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by emdidy: 9:00am On Dec 27, 2012
What! Am i d 2nd or 3rd to comment! shocked
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by elvis07: 9:05am On Dec 27, 2012
Govt. Of chop I chop,never accountable. Abeg maake d communities receive d moni direct joor
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by ogb5(m): 9:14am On Dec 27, 2012
do we have a mathmatician in the house?

if 13% equals 7trillion, what is 87%.

At least I like to know what amount the federal govt has blown away during thesame period after recieving the remaining 87%.

many states have passed legislatures that automatically transfers large % of derivation funds to some commission that is supposed to coordinate the use of the fund in the development of the communities.

corruption has not allowed these bodies to do what they are supposed to do.

paying derivation to communities is recipe for disaster. we dont want wars among brothers at the community level.
and what will happen to commmunities without oil but host oil production support facilities like link roads to oilfields, oil pipelines, jetties and offices. if you cut off these types of communities from oil derivation fund because they dont have oilwells they may as well tell you to come and remove your pipelines from their land.

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by addey: 9:17am On Dec 27, 2012
emdidy: What! Am i d 2nd or 3rd to comment! shocked

fool u are 3rd to comment, but what is your comment. ode mumu

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by Kaxmytex(m): 9:19am On Dec 27, 2012
palugy colina: nigerians..where are we heading?
m nt wit my map,i 4 don show u whr we dey head 2
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by abdulkayus(m): 9:19am On Dec 27, 2012
And after dey will be blamin North for their underdevelopment. Wat hav dey got to show for d huge sum of money they hav receive so far, NOTIN, and dey are clamourin for resource control. Am nt agaisnt resource control bt if care is nt taken, terrible lootin and militancy will increase even wit d resource control. Dat is y i always said dat d 9ja delta militants are somehw fightin d wrong section cos dey suppose face their leaders and ask dem wat they are doin wit d 13percents derivative. Bunches of friend.
All 9ja politicians are d same bt d SS are d worst.

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by ogb5(m): 9:22am On Dec 27, 2012
clark is just a trouble maker trying to wipe up sentiments against state govs. okirika is is fellow ijaw man that was saddled with managing 50% of delta state derivation fund since 2006. He should tells us what is fellow ijaw man has done with our money instead of pointing fingers at the state government
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by blink182(m): 9:22am On Dec 27, 2012
Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, you are an old man and should put your position of respect. You are only complaining because you didn't get your share. You live an ostentatious life and yet have no business that adds value to the nigerian economy.

You can not rubbish a corrupt system that you are part of.
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by jmoore(m): 9:22am On Dec 27, 2012
It is obvious, travel to communities in those places and you will be shocked.
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by Nobody: 9:48am On Dec 27, 2012
bizgynbala:
Written by Vincent Egunyanga, Benin  

Thursday, 27 December 2012 05:04




Governors of the oil producing states in the South-South wasted a total of N7.282 trillion in the past 13 years, being petroleum derivation revenues received from the Federation Account, elder statesman Edwin Clark has said. Clark, a one-time information minister in the 1970s, said it was regretful that even though these funds were meant for the development of oil producing areas, those communities have little to show for it.

Speaking yesterday in Warri when he received a delegation of oil and gas producing communities of the Niger Delta, Clark said it was sheer greed on the part of governors to appropriate the derivation funds meant for the oil and gas producing communities.

He said since the funds were meant to develop those areas, governors have no business spending the monies the way they do now.

Based on provisions of the constitution, oil producing states are entitled to 13 per cent of funds generated from oil sales.

The funds are allocated monthly through the state governments, who have come under consistent criticism for mismanagement.

Clark spoke yesterday after he was briefed by the leadership of the oil producing areas who told him that the Federal Government has paid over N7.282 trillion in the past years 13 years as 13 percent derivation fund but the communities have nothing to show for it.

The delegation had representatives from Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Edo and Ondo states.

Clark recalled the pressures exerted during the 1994/95 constitutional conference and during the drafting of the 1999 constitution by the oil producing communities to get special derivation funds.

He said it was the agitation from the leaders and people of the oil producing areas that made the Federal Government to entrench the 13 percent derivation fund in the 1999 constitution to pacify the communities.

Clark questioned the allocation of these funds through the state governments, saying section 162 (2) of the constitution which provides for the payment of derivation fund did not say that the payments should be made through any state government.

He said the fund was created to address infrastructural deficit and neglect of the oil communities, and therefore the derivation monies belonged to the producing communities alone.

He urged for the direct payment of the funds to the communities as a way of bringing development to them faster.

The delegation of the oil and gas producing areas was led by Chief Wellington Okirika, who said they visited Clark to thank and pray for him for his leadership role for the Niger Delta and the country.

They urged for the setting up of a national derivation committee on 13 percent derivation fund with state implementation committees to be set up by the Federal Government to manage the funds on behalf of the communities.

This was not the first time that Niger Delta communities were agitating for direct payment of the derivation funds.

Last month, elders from oil producing states under the aegis of Oil and Gas Communities of Nigeria wrote to the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) urging that derivation funds be paid directly to the communities instead of through state governments.

Earlier in the year, Ijaw oil producing areas of Egbema, Gbaramatu and Ogulagha kingdoms in Delta State visited RMAFC chairman Elias Mbam, making the same case.

Mbam agreed with the agitators, saying that the derivation funds were being mismanaged by state governors through their control of the state-local government joint account.

Source: Daily Trust

I see
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by Knowledge9000: 9:52am On Dec 27, 2012
Democracy isn't the ideal for some countries....Nigeria! Trust me when I say this. Military never stole or wasted such a huge amount of money. Its sickening!

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by ba7man(m): 10:07am On Dec 27, 2012
Instead of some of these people questioning their leaders, they'll be questioning Fashola that's receiving less and whose state they have no bizness in.

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by donroxy(m): 10:11am On Dec 27, 2012
Hmmmm....... !!!!!!
Later we shall blame a region/ethnic for the underdevelopment of others while our own ''regional'' leaders are more devilish!!!

Southsouth is highly underdeveloped despite this huge allocation every month!!!!
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by thirty(m): 10:13am On Dec 27, 2012
blink182: Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, you are an old man and should put your position of respect. You are only complaining because you didn't get your share. You live an ostentatious life and yet have no business that adds value to the nigerian economy.

You can not rubbish a corrupt system that you are part of.
i don't like the way you reason. Must we continue this way?
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by hiroz(m): 10:50am On Dec 27, 2012
Was dis clarke not a pdp chieftain abi y did u not speak up then as if he did not benefit.mtshewww.anyway it is gud for d ND pple to hear una no fit manage una 13% and una want 50%.pls leave d hausa,fulanis and yourubas alone and ask ur governors wata guan cus u r ur own problem,not abuja not lagos
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by utumunta(m): 10:52am On Dec 27, 2012
I am for 100% resource control by all d states. Simply put;fiscal Federalism. D Fed govt is over-burdened & cannot be sustained like ds. It is bound 2 fail. Let all states generate & manage their own resources & d citizenry(including militants)will know who to direct their anger at.
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by mu2sa2: 10:59am On Dec 27, 2012
abdulkayus: And after dey will be blamin North for their underdevelopment. Wat hav dey got to show for d huge sum of money they hav receive so far, NOTIN, and dey are clamourin for resource control. Am nt agaisnt resource control bt if care is nt taken, terrible lootin and militancy will increase even wit d resource control. Dat is y i always said dat d 9ja delta militants are somehw fightin d wrong section cos dey suppose face their leaders and ask dem wat they are doin wit d 13percents derivative. Bunches of friend.
All 9ja politicians are d same bt d SS are d worst.
The so-called militants hav been co-opted into govt, so they are also now part of the problem of niger delta. Maybe the impoverished masses of the niger delta will hav to brace up and face their real enemies, those who are stealing the 13% derivation and the accomplices, the so-called militants.
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by Demdem(m): 12:14pm On Dec 27, 2012
Foolish Clark, as if he isn't part of the rot that is currently blowing it.
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by muktarmtt(m): 12:21pm On Dec 27, 2012
U see wat am talking abt north is not thr problem ur learders is ur problem na dem dey chop all ur alocation fight dem wit ur strenght.
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by BlueMurder(m): 12:32pm On Dec 27, 2012
PortHarcourtBoy:

I see

You see what? Please grow up!
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by BlueMurder(m): 12:34pm On Dec 27, 2012
bizgynbala:
Written by Vincent Egunyanga, Benin  

Thursday, 27 December 2012 05:04





He urged for the direct payment of the funds to the communities as a way of bringing development to them faster.

Source: Daily Trust


How possible is that?
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by vedaxcool(m): 12:43pm On Dec 27, 2012
This must be the hand work of the North, always threatening Clark for his N/D swagger, the 7.3 trn must have been stolen by some unscrupulous Northerners!
Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by COOLDUN: 12:51pm On Dec 27, 2012
blink182: Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, you are an old man and should put your position of respect. You are only complaining because you didn't get your share. You live an ostentatious life and yet have no business that adds value to the nigerian economy.

You can not rubbish a corrupt system that you are part of.


Then you and your co stu-pid idio-ts kept quiet because you got your own shares right? Mind you that this man is one of the people that put fears into the hearts of the oppressors in Nigeria. He said the truth which you people should have based your arguments to ask your rulers to account for your common wealth but you are here insulting your grandfather. Pray to God so that you can attain to his age, because as a lover of lies like you, 50 years will be your Metusalem. Have you seen why GEJ, did not give a damn to declare his assets? Because he benefited from this wealth, from his Deputy Governor and Governor days in Bayelsa state.

Shame to you all enemies of truth. Your brothers and sisters are busy blowing up the national oil pipe lines, kidnapping the foreign and local oil workers, while your criminal Governors and their cronies are busy siphoning the fund meant to develop your communities. Go and bury your head in the spilled crude oil in shame.

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Re: Niger Delta Govs Blew N7.3tr In 13 Years Clark by Edemeko(m): 2:28pm On Dec 27, 2012
Why is it now that Clark is announcing this waste? Was he sleeping all this while?

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