Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson has described the 13 per cent derivation principle as a mockery, vis a vis the yearning and aspiration of the people of the Niger Delta.
The governor, according to a statement by his chief press secretary, Francis Ottah-Agbo, made the assertion during a live media chat in Ijaw language in Government House, Yenagoa.
The governor argued that only restructuring would guarantee sustainable peace, stability and development in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.
He lamented that the people of the region, particularly the Ijaws, were being treated as second class citizens in the country, even though their God-given resources were expropriated by the federal government and its agencies.
His words: "I have said it time and time again that the thirteen percent they are giving to us can never be enough to tackle our development needs at the pace we want. And that, restructuring is the only veritable means to achieve sustainable peace, stability and prosperity not only in this our region but throughout the country.
"For how long will the federal government and indeed all the supporters of this great injustice continue to treat us as slaves? What they call oil blocs are our ancestral lands but we are the people that are excluded from the ownership and use of this our God-given property.
"Take Bayelsa, for instance, where the Federal Government is doing almost nothing to support our development effort. We are the ones building all our schools, hospitals, roads and bridges to link our communities in this state. Is that fair?
“That is why I expect every right thinking Ijaw or Niger Delta person and true Nigerians to support our clamour for restructuring because that is the right thing to do so that every part of our country will have a sense of belonging."