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APC on Nigerian government's management of the Niger Delta

APC Criticizes FG’s Insensitivity to Insecurity and Oil Theft in Rivers State

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress says it has watched with ‘amazement, sadness and unpleasant surprise the insensitiveness’ of the PDP-led Federal under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan pertaining to the wellbeing of Nigerians, particularly Rivers State and her people.

The party in a press statement, 2nd March 2, 2014 by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka noted that, “of particular worry to us is the Federal Government’s deliberate refusal to tackle the twin evil of insecurity and oil theft ravaging Rivers State and other parts of the Niger Delta, which has drastically reduced the revenue accruing to the Federation Account, thereby impoverishing most of the states, thus incapacitating them. As we write, many States are unable to pay workers’ salaries, not to talk of paying contractors or embarking on any meaningful projects to better the lives of Nigerians”.

APC recalled that Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, had some days ago while hosting the British Minister for Africa and Member of Parliament, Mark Simonds, lamented about this issue of insensitiveness of the PDP Government at the centre to the insecurity and oil theft in Rivers State. According to the Governor, “My administration had procured two surveillance helicopters that would assist the Federal Government to fight oil theft, but shockingly the Federal Government has refused its arrival to the state.

“I don’t know how much you have seen about oil theft, and I don’t know if the Federal Government is serious about combating oil theft. Why I say this is that for two years now, the federal government has refused entry into the country, two surveillance helicopters paid for by the Rivers State Government. These helicopters have cameras and their job is to fly all over and whomever that is stealing oil, you will see. And the helicopter will have a monitor with the Army, Police, Airforce and with the Department of State Security (DSS. I suspect the refusal may be for political reasons...The helicopters have been packed in America for two years now, and the Rivers State Government is paying demurrage on them...But, if you see how much oil we are losing, we hear it is about 7 billion dollars annually, then you will see that we need the helicopters. We paid for it, not the Federal Government, and we are prepared to help them but the President has emphatically refused to allow the two helicopters into the country for the past two years. We are still paying demurrage.”

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State Chapter, strongly condemned what it described as ‘act of gross wickedness’ by the Federal Government which raises serious questions about the sincerity of the PDP Government to fight corruption and protect the pipes that transport the crude oil that sustains the country’s economy.
Parts of the statement read:

“It beats our imagination that the purchase of the helicopters which had the blessing of the Federal Government at the outset should be sabotaged after the Rivers State Government had committed the whopping sum of N30b and is being made to pay demurrage annually. The refusal of the Federal Government to approve the release of these machines into the country that would have benefitted the entire Nigerians is a demonstration of how not to play politics with the life of Nigerians. This is a demonstration of how this government has alienated itself from those it governs and prefers to have our common patrimony kept in private hands while majority of Nigerians continue to wallow in poverty in the midst of plenty.

“We are aware of the political differences between President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Amaechi but must the entire Rivers State people and the rest of Nigerians be punished because of these differences? These days instead of President Jonathan addressing the worsening insecurity in the country that has resulted in the daily killing of unguarded Nigerians, he prefers to celebrate and go about absorbing expired politicians into PDP that Nigerians have rejected because of maladministration by the PDP-led Government. How unfortunate!

“We hereby call on the National Assembly to hasten to investigate the helicopter shame and call the misguided Presidency to order before it shipwrecks our nation. We must as well state that we are very sad that the powers of the National Assembly are being eroded as most of its actions and suggestions are ignored at will by the Presidency that has become tyrannical, myopic, imperial, insensitive and uncaring about the plight of Nigerians. We urge the National Assembly, for God’s sake and for the sake of the future of our country not only to exert its powers but also show leadership traits by saving our nation from a misguided and confused Presidency”.

ENDS

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