It has been reported that Niger Delta will demand compensation from the Federal Government at the ongoing National Conference.
A delegate representing the region at the ongoing confab, Prof. Godini Darah, said yesterday that the region which provides oil, which is the major revenue pool of the country’s economy, is the worst victim of inequality, corruption and bad governance.
Darah who spoke with newsmen in Abuja said: “Niger Delta states are the worst victims of inequality, bad laws, plunder, corruption and bad governance that have happened in Nigeria.
“This is because we are the ones whose resources have been stolen for 45 years since 1969, when the petroleum Decree No 51 was enacted by the military regime of Gen. Yakubu Gowon.
“By that degree, the Federal Government has monopoly over income and revenue that come from oil and gas and Niger Delta is floating on oil and gas.
“So, we are the most injured, most exploited and the most dispossessed region in the country.’’We have documented it for over 10 years, so we are loaded with data; we took it to the national conference of 2005 which was aborted.We have now updated the research and we are going to offload them in this conference,” he added.