Following the announcement Thursday of the release of $1-billion by the Federal Executive Council to tackle Boko Haram in the North East, Governor Nyesom Wike has declared that the APC Federal Government must as a matter of urgency release funds for tackling issues of environmental degradation and security in the Niger Delta.
Gov demands N/Delta share,.if North gets $1b
The Governor said while he would not condemn the release of a whopping $1billion to tackle Boko Haram, the environmental and security challenges in the Niger Delta far outweigh the Boko Haram conflict.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki had Thursday after the FEC meeting announced the approval of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account by the federal government to be used in the prosecution of the war against the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
But Wike speaking during the Annual General Meeting of Okpo Club of Nigeria (Association of Ikwerre Lawyers) on Saturday in Port Harcourt, requested the APC Federal Government to release the derivation component of the Excess Crude to the oil-producing states of the Niger Delta.
He said: “Niger Delta environmental problems are as serious as the Boko Haram Insurgency. I am not saying that you should not fight Boko Haram.
“If you can get funds from the National Pool to tackle Boko Haram, then you should go to the pool to get funds to fight environmental problems in Ogoni and other Niger Delta communities “.