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Delta Speaker Blames Militancy On Uneven Distribution Of Resources From Region

Honourable Skeaper of The Delta State House of Assembly, Igbuya
Posted: Jul 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, on Sunday attributed the current wave of militancy in the Niger Delta to the uneven distribution of the resources from the region and advised President Muhammadu Buhari to dialogue with the leaders of the people of the region.

“Mr. President should dialogue with the people. What are the problems? He should listen to the people. Power belongs to the people,” he said.

The Speaker who spoke on Sunday in Sapele with journalists also called on President Buhari to review the ownership structure of oil wells in the country saying,“how many South- South people are owners of oil wells in the country? He should allow 65 per cent ownership by the people of the Niger Delta region.

Igbuya also used the occasion to speak on the challenges, gains and distractions in his first one year in office and described his colleagues as wonderful people.

Describing the first one year as tough, he said, “before June 8, 2016, hopes were high. Some of us thought we were going to live in the past. Past Speakers had enormous influence and resources to assist the people. One year gone, the reverse is the case. We met serious recession. Subvention was reduced. In three months, things started getting worse. We started preaching the gospel of belt tightening. My colleagues have seen reasons to adjust. The situation is very bad, very difficult and tough. My colleagues are wonderful people”.

However, in spite of the tough times, he said that the House performed wonderfully well as it passed a good number of bills.

“We passed a good number of bills. Administratively, we achieved a major feat. We were able to find solution to poor power supply,” he told his audience.

Igbuya harped on synergy between the three arms of government rather than on the contentious issue of separation of powers saying, “Can you achieve result without fund? No legislature can work without fund. We don’t generate revenue. The executive does that. There must be synergy between the three arms of government. People should be talking about synergy, not independence.”

He promised that the House under his leadership would continue to make laws for the good governance of the state and urged the people to continue in prayers for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his administration.


He commended the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for positioning the party ahead of 2019 general election and debunked the insinuation that the party is factionised in the state.

According to him, “there is no faction in Delta State PDP. The reconciliation committee is doing very well.”

The Speaker took time to speak on the controversial Grazing Bill before the National Assembly and said, “the resolutions of the South-South and South-East lawmakers are quite clear. We asked our representatives in the National Assembly to oppose it.”

On the ongoing trnsformation in Sapele, his constituency he said, “Sapele is developing. The dualization of Sapele Road from Amukpe roundabout is ongoing. Beautification exercise is ongoing. We are going to focus on other roads in Sapele. We are trying to expose Sapele to the international community. We are going to make Sapele a major centre for foreign investors and tourists.”

Igbuya also described the death of Olorogun Felix Ovudoroye Ibru, the first democrtically elected Governor of the state as a terrible blow to the political class and Nigerians in general.