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Akwa Ibom leaders tackle FG over 13% oil derivationNigeria

Akwa Ibom leaders tackle FG over 13% oil derivationNigeria
A group, under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Leaders Vanguard, yesterday threatened legal action to force the Federal Government to pay the state

A group, under the aegis of Akwa Ibom Leaders Vanguard, yesterday threatened legal action to force the Federal Government to pay the state it’s outstanding four-month 13 percent oil derivation.Addressing reporters in Uyo, a former member of the Senate, Anietie Okon, said the reasons given by Federal Government for withholding the money were not acceptable.The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief said since they had run out of patience with the Federal Government, they would also launch legal action against the multinational oil companies operating in Niger Delta to stop them from remitting money to the Federal government.Okon said: “For more than four months, the 13 per cent derivation has been withheld by the Federal Government and the reason for this abnormality is said to be the dwindling economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic “We view this as total disregard for the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution; gross insensitivity and disregard for the people of oil-producing states.

” The ex-legislator said the Federal Government must respect the region that produces oil, which is the mainstay of the economy.Meanwhile, the Federal Government has promised to support agriculture in Akwa Ibom and other Niger Delta states.

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