- Delta state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has spoken regarding the double standards in the control of natural resources in Nigeria
- Governor Okowa spoke against the backdrop of the control of Zamfara gold by the state government instead of the federal government
The Delta state governor hinged on the need for true federalism during a media chat among other related issues.
“South-South governors before now have been talking about the need for restructuring and need for resource control, obviously we are on that because we feel there is the need to restructure not only the country, but the management of resources.
“But as at today, there are acts in the National Assembly that guide the issue of oil production and with the solid minerals, those are not covered in these acts and obviously, this is already a sore point in our nation’s governance system and we hope to express this very strongly during the meeting taking place in Portharcourt on Friday.
“We cannot apply laws in our nation to the point that it becomes discriminatory because if people are allowed to process for their solid minerals, they should also be allowed to do same for their oil. So we are going to be very hard and try to make our voice as strong as possible during the meeting.
“I believe that at some point in time, these discriminatory tendencies will have to be revisited in our nation at some point in time.” Governor Okowa made this known during his 2020 quarterly media interaction in Asaba as reported by The Vanguard.
In another development on Zamfara, information has it that armed bandits collect taxes from local farmers in some local government areas in the Northwest state.
“Bandits in Zamfara and some North Western States reportedly collecting Tax or VAT from peasant farmers to permit them to farm should be seriously tackled.” – @ShehuSani.
“Wait, bandits have become tax collectors?? Pay up or we visit you in your farm. Bandits now collect N800K as tax from local farmers in Dan Kurmi, Maru LGA of Zamfara State. For now, the Northern governors are busy discussing #EndSARS & Social Media Regulation.” – @firstladyship.