SWITZERLAND, MAY 28 – President Muhammadu Buhari has charged traditional rulers in the Niger Delta region to contribute to complementing government efforts in enhancing security in the region.
The President made this known at a meeting with South-South Monarchs Forum (SSMF) led by King Edmund Daukoru, Mingi XII, Amanyanabo of Nembe Kingdom, at State House, Abuja.
Buhari said the destruction of oil facilities by vandals was hurting the host communities, the majority of the people and the environment more than the government.
He therefore, appealed to the elders, who came to congratulate him on his re-election and discuss issues of relevance to the zone, to do more to end pipeline vandalism.
He charged them to educate the youths on the dangers such nefarious activities posed to the environment and the economy.
“You need to educate the people that the destruction of installations is hurting the majority of the people.
‘‘If pipelines are blown and the waters are polluted, it affects both the fishermen and farmers. Even the fishes in the sea are affected.
‘‘These people who blow up the installations are hurting the people more than they are hurting the government.”
He also decried the spate of kidnapping in the area, urging the royal fathers to support security agencies to effectively contain the negative trend.
The delegation asked the President about the 10 per cent equity participation for host communities in solid minerals and whether the same is applicable to the oil sector,
Buhari said: ‘‘The constitution is very mindful of the way resources are shared. The 13 per cent derivation means that relative to whatever you are producing, 13 per cent is given to your States.
‘‘Then, whatever is offshore in the continental shelf belongs to the nation.
”Again your States get their own shares. This means your constituencies get two shares; the 13 per cent derivation and the balance in the continental shelf, which is shared among the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
‘‘If the 13 per cent or what is in the continental shelf is not getting to you then I think by now you ought to have known because you have qualitative leaders with great antecedents.
‘‘For example, when I was a junior officer, one of the royal fathers here was Governor of a State.
‘‘If the Federal Government is cheating you by denying you part of the 13 per cent derivation or the balance from the continental shelf, you as the leadership ought to have seen it by now and brought it out.’’