Niger Delta Youth Leaders Demand Restructuring Before 2019

Niger Delta youth leaders have joined the call for a restructuring of Nigeria, stating that the Federal Government must make critical decisions before 2019.

They stated this during a meeting convened by the President of the Nigeria Young Professionals Association and former Bayelsa State governorship aspirant in the 2015 election, Moses Siaisi.

They also insisted that the Niger Delta must be able to control their own resources.

“We are the generation that laid the golden egg but we have nothing to show for it and they say we should not call for restructuring, Niger Delta people must be in charge of their own destinies. I am the president of Nigeria Young Professionals Association, I believe in the unity of the country, but I don’t believe in division. The money they share every month in Abuja is it from cocoa or groundnut or mining? Go to the north you will not find any single Niger Delta person mining in the north, it can’t happen,” Siasia stated.

Another Niger Delta Activist, Ankio Briggs was of the opinion that several issues which have lingered for so long, need to be addressed.

“If you have traversed the polluted areas in the Niger Delta like I have done, I have gone round the ravaged area of the Niger Delta, and if any one comes to tell you that they can clean up the Niger Delta people, they are telling you lies. The devastation in the Niger Delta cannot be redeemed let’s not deceive ourselves. So if you are making any decision here today, you must have that in mind.”

Speaking further, Siasia stated that the youth have come up with clear deliberations that they stand for Nigeria’s restructuring.

He, however, stressed that what restructuring entails is true federalism and that the Niger Delta people should be able to control 100 per cent of their resources while paying taxes to the government.

“We also have called on the Federal Government to visit the resolutions of the 2014 Confab report and we want the restructuring done before 2019 elections,” Siaisi said.

Many Of Those Calling For Restructuring Are Opportunists, Irresponsible – El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, El-Rufai has described recent calls for the restructuring of Nigeria as political opportunism and irresponsibility.

El-Rufai, while speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily said President Buhari’s administration has done far more in practical terms than past administrations and that many of those calling for a restructuring rather see it as a means of opportunism.

He stated that some of the practical steps taken towards restructuring included the fact that state governors are now more than ever, involved in economic policy making at the national level.

According to him, things that have always been hidden from state governments are now much more open as they are now more involved in investigations of finances of the excess crude account, among other things.

“We meet every month under the auspice of the National Economic Council and working together with the Federal Government we chart directions of economic policy and that is part of shifting the federal- state balance.

“A lot of the talk about political restructuring is political opportunism and irresponsibility in my opinion

“It is popular and people that have presidential aspirations think there is a platform upon which they will exploit this. As I said, if you look at the APC manifesto, all the elements to divulge power to the state to change the balance in the federation are there and we are committed to that as a party.

“The National Chairman of our party will restate that commitment and we are discussing it and as I said President Buhari and Osinbajo’s government has taken very concrete steps rather than rhetoric to actually move in that direction and we are going to move in that direction but we do not believe that the basis for it is rhetoric and opportunism, we do not believe that the 2014 CONFAB report is a sensible basis to even begin.

“We all know the circumstances in which the so-called CONFAB was put together, we all know the composition, how lopsided it was, how important stakeholders were not taken to account, how even the composition and numbers do not reflect the demographics and the diversity of this country and we took a position as a party not to participate but to encourage our state governors to be there at the table.”

Oshiomhole Commissions Remodelled Benin Airport

Edo State Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration over its developmental strides in the aviation sector of the country.

The Governor who made the remark today while commissioning the remodelled Benin Airport said the action goes to prove that all that is needed for change is will and commitment.

Comrade Oshiomhole also appreciated the Minister for the commitment to resurface the airport Tarmac as he appealed for facilities that will enable the airport operate at Night.

The Minister for aviation in an interview with newsmen said the efforts in the aviation sector is already leading to low airfares adding that all that has been achieved is due to commitment and a mind-set that is poised at the welfare of the Nigerian people.

The remodelled airport at peak period can service 500 passengers conveniently.

Focus on issues biting the economy not N5000 note – Wale Oluwo

Wale Oluwo the CEO of the investment banking BGL Group and Bismarck Rewane; CEO Financial Derivatives Limited reacted to the controvery over the introduction of N5000 note.

On the part of the CEO of the BGL Group; he feels it is not an issue that is supposed to be debated now for there are other issues eating up the economy of Nigeria right now.

N5000 note Controversy: It is a non-issue – Bismark Rewane

Wale Oluwo the CEO of the investment banking BGL Group and Bismarck Rewane; CEO Financial Derivatives Limited reacted to the controvery over the introduction of N5000 note.

Bismarck said he feels there’s so much time wasting as it is a non-issue.

On the part of the CEO of the BGL Group; he feels it is not an issue that is supposed to be debated now for there are other issues eating up the economy of Nigeria right now.