- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has frowned at the move by the federal government to allow some states in the country to control their solid minerals
- The Delta state governor particularly kicked against the government's decision to allow Zamfara mine and manage its gold
- Okowa stated that the policy that stops Niger Delta states from managing their oil and gas resources was discriminatory
Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has faulted the move by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to allow states like Zamfara mine and manage gold, Premium Times reports.
Okowo made his grievances known during a quarterly media interaction with journalists on Wednesday, November 11, in Asaba.
The governor of Delta state who criticised the government's decision to stop Niger Delta states from managing their oil and gas resources described the policy as “discriminatory.”
Speaking further, Okowa said there was a need to restructure the country to pave the way for the devolution of more powers to states and local governments.
The governor who serves as the chairman of south-south governors’ forum stated that all the states in the region were united in the quest for the restructuring of the country.
He explained that the country is not making progress as it should as a result of the issues of restructuring and resource control not being addressed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Nigeria's deputy Senate president, kicked against the sale of gold bar by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Omo-Agege who is from oil-rich Delta state, made this known during Senate plenary on Wednesday, October 14.
In a related development, Governor Matawalle revealed that foreigners are exchanging arms for gold and other precious mineral resources in his state.
The governor made the revelation while answering questions from State House correspondents after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari.
Governor Matawalle had presented some gold bars and other precious stones mined in Zamfara to the president during his visit.
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