August 31, 2016
Niger Delta Leaders Used Crude Oil Money Like Pocket Money – Katsina Governor, Aminu Masari
The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has said Niger Delta leaders must come clean on how they spent the oil money allocated to the region over the years.
“For six years,” Masari said, “we had a Niger Delta president. Let us see what difference he made in six years when he was president. When the excess crude account became pocket money, how much of the money went to the Niger Delta?”
In an interview published in the current edition of The Interview, Governor Masari called out Niger Delta leaders, challenging them to “come clean” on how they managed the region’s resources.
According to a statement by the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of the mag, Azu Ishiekwene, “the interview features Masari firing on all cylinders. He took on Senate President Saraki, explained why Obasanjo’s third term bid failed, and spoke, at length for the first time, on ‘budget padding.’ And then, he removed his gloves on his predecessor, Ibrahim Shema, and the Niger Delta.”
Although Mr. Masari did not name names, the reference to a Niger Delta president was apparently pointing to Goodluck Jonathan, under whose presidency oil price averaged $100 per barrel.
Asked what he did to ensure accountability of oil money when he was Speaker of the House of Reps and also a ranking member of the PDP at the time, Masari said, “The House of Representatives has been friendly to the people of the Niger Delta than any other institution in the country.”
He asked the Federal Government to publish how much the region has got since the 13% derivation started for everyone to see that Trillions of Naira has gone to Niger Delta without much to show.
Source: Premium Times