Tuesday, 4 August 2020

13% Derivation: Newly inaugurated Excos of Host Communities vows to tackle governors over misuse of funds


Ukpa Ewa | 5th August 2020

The National Chairman of Niger Delta indigenes under the auspices of Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, HOSTCOM, Dr. Benjamin Style Tamaranebi has called on State governors in the region to make judicious use of the 13 percent oil derivation monies accrued to their various states.

Dr. Tamaranebi who accused state governors of recklessly squandering the funds meant for the development of host communities made this know while inaugurating the Anambra state chapter executives of HOSTCOM. 

He noted that host communities of oil producing states are in shams and a far cry compared to the trillions of Naira given to them for the development of these communities. Tamaranebi stated that communities in the Niger Delta region were suffering as a result of oil and gas explorations in the area, stressing that oil producing communities were not positively impacted by the 13 percent derivation payment due to dreadful squandering of the fund by few privileged individuals in the region.

 Dr. Tamaranebi further revealed that "Payment of 13 percent derivation to host communities is being hijacked by various state Governors in Niger Delta Region which has amounted over 10 trillion." 

He, therefore, called on state governors to ensure proper use of the funds stating that HOSTCOM will no longer sit and watch host communities suffer while governors cart away with what is due for these communities. 

He, however, called on government and members of host communities to identify with the viable structure set to tame the menace of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalization which affects rivers and lands.

This call could be seen as timely, coming in a time when several accusations and auditing is ongoing in the Niger Delta Development Commission. 
Earlier the national chairman had informed that HOSTCOM which has been in existence for over 18 years with the core mandate of serving as a bridge between the oil and gas producing communities in Nigeria while also ensuring the equitable distribution of 13 percent oil derivation fund to oil and gas producing communities.

The 45-man leadership committee inaugurated by Tamaranebi in Akwa to pilot the affairs of HOSTCOM in Anambra had Chief Victor Emeka as it's chairman, while Mr. Henry Ugbomah was sworn in as Vice-chairman. Others include Mr. Ojone Amos - Secretary-General and Prof. Ogugua Ikpeze, State Woman Leader among others. 

In his remarks, the State Chairman of HOSTCOM Chief Victor Emeka noted that the declaration of Anambra State as the 10th oil-producing state in Nigeria by the then president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 30th, August 2012 was a great privilege which came with enormous responsibility.

He however solicited for government support in moving the organization to greater heights just like other oil-producing states.

Furthermore, the pioneer president Sir Chimzobam Kingsley Nnalue while rendering his account of stewardship pledged to work with the new state executive in achieving its set goals.

The event was capped with the presentation of awards. 

Some dignitaries present at the event include His Royal Highness Igwe Chris Onyekwuluje, Igwe Sir. Ben Emeka and government functionaries.