‘It is Discriminatory to Allow Zamfara Manage Gold Mining But Not Allow N/Delta manage Its Oil’- Patrick Okowa

Patrick Okowa, the Governor of Delta State has heavily criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration for allowing Zamfara State control over gold mining and other natural resources in the area, while restricting the Niger Delta from doing same.

Okowa tagged such a move as ‘discriminatory,’ and said it was not fair to the Region that has been sustaining the nation for a very long time now.

Okowa is also the Chairman of the SOUTH South Governors Forum.

Okowa was speaking with journalists in Asaba on Wednesday when he made the claim. He went on to say that Nigeria is lagging behind in development because issues like resource control and restructuring have been left unattended to.

Okowa was of the view that Local Governments and States should be allowed more power and control over what they produce, something he said could only happen if the country was restructured.

“The South-South Governors have been in the forefront for the devolution of power to states and local governments. Restructuring, resource control and security of the country, especially in the Niger Delta will be a major topic of discussion at the Presidential parley coming up in Port Harcourt,” he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari has played down the importance of Restructuring the Country.

“We cannot apply laws in such a manner that it becomes discriminatory because you cannot mine solid minerals somewhere in Zamfara and you can’t allow Niger Delta to manage their oil,’’ he added.

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