Traditional rulers, under the aegis of Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) have e4xpressed support for calls for restructuring of Nigeria. The traditional rulers’s support was contained in the address of the Chairman of TROMPCON, Delta State chapter HRM Dr. Emmanuel Ekemejewa Sideso (JP) Abe 1, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom at the 27th National Conference of the group in Asaba , yesterday.
In the addressed titled “The Relationship Between The Oil and Gas Producing Communities and The International Oil Companies Operating In Niger Delta Area: What Impact Has It Made On The People ? “, he bemoaned the neglect of oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region “Without mincing words, we think the time has come when big oil explorers in our communities and the Federal should resolve to give Niger Delta communities the benefits they deserve in all ramifications for their great sacrifice and commitment of Nigeria”.
Abe 1 also expressed disappointment and worries over the high level of insecurity in Nigeria. “As for the general heightening insecurity in Nigeria, we all know that constitutional amendment is inevitable to address all the imbalances that led to the messy imbroglio and senseless killing in the country. The National Assembly should as a matter of urgently arise and save Nigeria”.
While stating that traditional rulers welcomed the call for restructuring of Nigeria. Abe 1, however, added that the restructuring should not be for revenue sharing alone “but more importantly to reflect and recognize the tremendous contributions of indigenous institutions in the governance and development of their great nation”
The traditional ruler also lamented the neglect of traditional rulers/ traditional institutions in Nigeria.
“The roles of traditional institutions and traditional rulers and all they stand for have been neglected to the background on matters pertaining to the government and economic development of the nation”, he noted. He also explained that the group‘s objectives were amongst others to galvanize the people of Niger Delta region to benefit from their God given resources – oil and gas “.
The Uvwie monarch, in his articulated address , was full of praises for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his show of respect and care of traditional rulers (individually and collectively) in Delta State.