PIB: Urhobo Peoples International Assembly Rejects 3% To Host Communities, Demands 10%


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PIB: Urhobo Peoples International Assembly Rejects 3% To Host Communities, Demands 10%


Hon (Chief) Keston Okoro Muhammed Al-Amin, former member of the Delta State House of Assembly and National President of the Urhobo Peoples International Assembly, UPIA, has stated that the Urhobo nation opposes the 3 percent revenue to host communities, adding that UPIA demands 10% and that the passed bill must be amended before the president signs it.
During a conversation with journalists, Chief Okoro stated that this decision was made recently during a meeting of prominent elders and leaders representing various Urhobo groups who met to brainstorm on the issue.
“We know what oil exploration has done to the Niger Delta, and for once, we are suggesting that they should let the region that looks after the nation to benefit from their wealth,” he added, adding that to whoever much is given, much is required.
“The Federal Government, particularly the National Assembly, should have recognized the harmful consequences. With nearly 90% of our resources, we are able to keep the Nigerian economy afloat. We are, however, supporters of a single Nigeria. If no one has the monopoly of violence, we just said we don’t wash our dirty laundry outside. We understand where we came from in this country. But we’ve reached a point where we have to call a spade a spade, because what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, but we don’t want to jeopardize the legal system. We don’t want to be strangers in the land that our God has given us.”
This time, he claims, they will reject all forms of coercion and threats in the PIB case.
“We are not going to tolerate that 3%, let alone 5%. We lobbied for a 30% increase. However, because some officials claim that the country’s position requires ten percent, we agreed to ten percent. But anything less than that would be vigorously opposed,” he stated.
He went on to say that he believes their situation is similar to those of other ethnic groups in the Niger Delta.
“As it is, we’re all on high alert; perhaps they’ll decide to impose it on us. He went on to say, “We know what the land use legislation has done to us.”
As a result, he asked Mr. President to act quickly, urging the NASS to reassemble, remove the three percent clause, and come up with a ten percent figure.
In addition, if the president and federal lawmakers want the Urhobo population to continue to support the call for Nigeria to remain united and not divided, this is a requirement.

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PIB: Urhobo Peoples International Assembly Rejects 3% To Host Communities, Demands 10%

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