August 9, 2022

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2023: Omo – Agege guarantees higher deal for oil-bearing communities 

Deputy Senate President Omo-Agege

The Deputy Senate President and Delta APC governorship candidate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has expressed concern over acts of injustice meted out to oil-bearing communities within the nation, significantly within the Niger Delta. 

That is at the same time as he revealed that the push for an increment of the fairness shares of host communities to 5 % within the Petroleum Business Invoice, now Petroleum Business Act (PIA) was a significant wrestle. 

Senator Omo-Agege made the disclosure in Warri, Delta State on Sunday in a gathering with The Wrestle Platform, a gaggle pushing for improved situation of Ijaws in oil-bearing communities within the Niger Delta. 

He was accompanied by his operating mate, Rt. Hon. Friday Ossai Osanebi; State APC Chairman, Elder Omeni Sobotie; Chairman, APC Delta Central, Chief Paulinus Akpeki; APC Home of Meeting Candidate for Patani State Constituency, Barr. Raymos Guanah; Excessive Chief Michael Johnny; former Commissioner, Chief Chris Ekiyor amongst others. 

The Delta Central lawmaker lamented that the Ijaws and different oil-producing communities that lay golden egg have been deserted by successive administrations within the state. This unlucky scenario, he mentioned, has led to untold poverty and deprivation in these communities.

“I consider that authorities has been unfair to the Ijaw individuals, given their contribution to the financial system of this nation. And given their contribution to the wrestle for what involves Delta State. 

“Not too way back, the problem of the PIB, now PIA got here up. And there was a debate as to what must be the entitlement of host communities. Because the Deputy Senate President and Chief of the Southern Senators, I had brought on a gathering to be held in my home the place we took a place that on the very least, we must always go for 5 %. 

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“Negotiations this time turned very critical. Whereas a few of us had been preventing that on the very least, we go together with the 5 % that had been handed within the Home of Representatives, they had been in a position to permeate the Senate by means of a few of our leaders who felt that three % is okay. That we must always take three % first. If the Home may take it at 5 %, why not us within the Senate? 

“I don’t wish to point out names however leaders referred to as in to say we must always settle for it for now… I say this to let you already know that we initially aimed even greater than 5 %,” he mentioned. 

Senator Omo-Agege promised to alter the narrative and judiciously utilise assets of the state for the good thing about all, if elected governor. 

He expressed remorse over the plight of pensioners, describing the refusal of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration to pay pensioners their entitlements as callous. 

His phrases: “I can decide to you that that period the place individuals will spend the very best a part of their lives rendering service to this state and having retired from service, won’t be paid their pensions and gratuities shall be over. I feel it’s wickedness to do this and that period shall be gone for good.”