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We can’t be suffering despite God’s blessings – N’Delta elders

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Elders and leaders of the Niger Delta on Wednesday staged a peaceful demonstration in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, against the alleged maltreatment of the region by the Federal Government.

They said people of the region cannot have the blessings of God and be suffered by men.

The leaders, under the auspices of Presidents-General of Niger Delta Ethnic Nationalities, took their protest to the gate of the Government House.

The protesters condemned the non-inclusion of the oil-producing states of the region in the N621.237bn Federal Government Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme to be carried out by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

They also rejected the three per cent host communities fund in the Petroleum Industry Act, and demanded more community participation in the management of the fund while decrying the allocation of 30 per cent for exploration activities in the frontier basins. Continue Reading

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