A member of the House of Representatives, representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo federal constituency Rivers State, Honourable Barry Mpigi has called for an increase in the derivation fund for Niger Delta from 13% to 50%.
Honorable Mpigi made the call while speaking with newsmen after the inauguration of 2 no solar powered street light at Kpite and Koroma as well as a 1km road at Tai Local Government Area in Rivers State embarked upon by the Niger Delta Development Commission.
According to The lawmaker the call was informed by the enormous developmental challenges in the region of which the current 13% derivation has become so inadequate to address.
“We have been agitating every day for 50% more than what is been given now and if the derivation moves to 50% then we can develop more.”
Honourable Mpigi said the NDDC is on track but could do better with sufficient funding.
Earlier the Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the NDDC, Dr Christy Atako assured the communities that the commission is poised to provide sustainable development in the Niger Delta Region.
The road project, she said would enhance the economic activities of the people by enabling them to transport their goods and products for sell in neighbouring communities while the solar powered street light would improve the security of the area and illuminate the environment for business activities.
“These projects are intended to serve you and your generation yet unborn, therefore maintain, secure and sustain them.” She said.
Responding on behalf of the communities, Chief Sir Sunday Nsane, Paramount Ruler of Koroma Tai, commended the NDDC for the projects, adding that the projects would transform the lives of the people into something great.