Gov Obaseki Canvasses for Upward Review of 13% Derivation Formula

Gov Obaseki Canvasses for Upward Review of 13% Derivation Formula

- Governor Godwin Obaseki has joined in canvassing in more funds for south-south states

- The Edo state governor made the call in Delta state where he went to commission a road project

- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has been embarking on massive road construction in the last few months

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Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday, March 16 intensified the call for upward review of the 13 percent derivation formula, saying it had remained inadequate for the development of the south-south region of Nigeria.

Obaseki made the call while speaking with journalists after inaugurating Effurun-Otor-Ovwor-Olomu bridge and the rehabilitated 34-km Otu-Jeremi-Okwagbe road in Ughelli South local government area of Delta state, executed by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

He said that the peculiarity of the environment in the south-south had made it quite expensive to develop infrastructure, especially roads, in the area.

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Gov Obaseki Canvasses for Upward Review of 13% Derivation Formula
Gov Obaseki is canvassing for an upward review of the 13% derivation formula for south-south states. Photo credit: @GovernorObaseki
Source: UGC

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The governor said that with the quality of projects being executed by Okowa across Delta, it was obvious that he would do more with enhanced funds.

A statement from the Delta state government sent to quoted Obaseki as saying the inaugurated bridge and road projects would enhance the economy of the communities and also connect them to other parts of the state.

In his remarks, Okowa said that the Effurun-Otor-Ovwor bridge was one of the major requests of the people when he visited the communities in 2015.

He said that the vision of his administration was to connect Delta communities with roads, bridges, and other basic amenities.

Recall that Bayelsa state governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Tuesday, March 2 inaugurated two roads and school projects constructed by Governor Okowa in the Warri area of Delta state.

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A statement sent to by the Delta state government noted that the projects are in Warri South local government area, Uvwie local government area, and Ighogbadu Secondary School, in the commercial town of Warri.

Speaking at the event, Governor Diri lauded Okowa for linking communities in oil-rich Warri with motorable roads and providing functional schools.

In a related development, the Delta state government, on Friday, January 22 approved the widening and rehabilitation of the 2.1 kilometres Orhunwhorun road in Udu local government area of the state at a total cost of N398.2 million.

The decision was taken at the first state executive council meeting for the year 2021 which was presided by Governor Okowa.

Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at


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