By Chris Ochayi
Following an alleged mismanagement of the 13 percent bypass, the Federal Government may consider establishing the National Bypass Commission, NDC, to oversee and disburse accumulated development funds in the region of the Niger Delta.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant for Niger Delta Affairs Senator Ita Enang, who revealed this intention when he led Nigeria’s host communities, HOSCON, on a visit to Senate Vice President Senator Omo-Agege in Abuja, said that The commission will address the challenges of deprivation and underdevelopment in the region.
Senator Enang regretted that oil and mineral producing communities have been deprived of their rights by the state government in the region.
According to Enang, the Commission will have the responsibility to monitor and ensure that the money that reaches Delta and any other state as a derivation is applied for the development of the area from which that mineral was obtained.
He said: “We had also articulated a position to Your Excellency, Mr. President, that the money is not given to the state government, but through the state government to the communities, as they have refused to comply and their refusal to comply is causing communities to admire the federal government.
And the governors point out to President Buhari that he is with the money, deceiving the people that we have come to reintroduce this as a legislative measure.
On the issue of gas flaring, he urged Omo-Agege to follow up with the President to ensure that the money is delivered to the communities that suffer the effect of gas flaring.
Enang said, “There is a misconception from one of the agencies that says that gas flaring is part of the 13 percent bypass,” and pointed out that the matter of gas flaring is a different matter from bypass, it is a penalty for the people who suffered the effect. burning gas, not part of the bypass “
He thanked the Vice President of the Senate for presenting the Petroleum Industry Bill to the National Assembly.
The members of the delegation were Amayanabo from Twon-Brass in Brass Kingdom and Chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers of the State of Bayelsa, Chief Alfred Diete-Spiff, High Chief (Prof) Jasper Jumbo, His Royal Highness Samuel Nee, the Chief Emmanuel Anele, Deaconess Josephine Odungide, Chief (Dr.) Wellington Okirika, among others. ”