Youth Groups in the oil rich Niger Delta region have sent a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting for 10 per cent benefits for Niger Delta, against the three per cent allotted to oil host communities in the Petroleum Industry Bill PIB, recently passed by the National Assembly.
The youth groups which stated their position on the matter vehemently rejected the three per cent, stressing that the region had been burglarized of their entitlement for over six years oil was discovered in the region.
Speaking under the aegis of The Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Groups, the group displayed a banner, in which they stated their position on the PIB. The banner reads, “we reject the bill in its entirety, and request a comprehensive review that will reflect the people’s aspiration. The proposed constitutional amendment should precede the harmonization and passage of the PIB, as this will address most of the grey areas and issues existing in the PIB.”
The Niger Delta Youth Groups while submitting their protest letter to government house also threatened to withdraw the cooperation with multinationals should the president ascent to the bill.,
According to the Coordinator of Ogoni Development Drive, Mr. Solomon Lenu, “for the sake of peace, equity and justice, the ten percent benefits for Niger Delta which has been the demand of the people must be considered, those who are producing the oil that is feeding others must be allowed to benefit.”
The group stressed that Niger Delta region will no long accept a situation where they will suffer and when it is time to benefit, they will be pushed aside.