Omo-Agege condemns alleged diversion of 13% derivation funds from Delta
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the ALL Progressives Congress, APC, 2023 governorship candidate in Delta State, has claimed that 13% of the oil-rich state’s revenue is being frittered away.
Omo-Agege, who cut his political teeth under Governor James Ibori some years ago, revealed this in a statement by Ima Niboro, the Director, Communications and Media Strategy, Delta APC Gubernatorial Campaign, congratulating the ex-governor on his 64th birthday.
He stated, “His (Ibori) agitation with other great Niger Delta leaders and patriots paved the way for the 13 percent derivation from proceeds of oil and gas that some are frittering away today in Delta.”
“ James Ibori has carved a niche for himself as a political leader without whom the story of modern Delta would be incomplete.”
Extolling the previous governor’s and present leadership positions as a leader who “believes in building bridges rather than burning them,” Omo-Agege said his contribution to the battle for resource control and the achievement of 13% derivation for oil-producing areas in Nigeria was essential.
He stated that Ibori will be remembered in state and national politics for his breadth of knowledge and understanding of both Delta State and Nigeria.
He said: “Regardless, Ibori remains a bridge builder and father to all, irrespective of our political parties at the moment. His tenure as governor paved the way for positive developments in our state which endure till today.
“He fostered peace in our multilingual state, built bridges across board. As the second civilian governor of our dear state from 1999 to 2007, he weathered several storms and laid a foundation for his successors to build on.”