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Don't Take Us for Granted

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Don't Take Us for Granted


The suit filed by 22 states of the Federation for the abrogation of the On-shore- Offshore dichotomy act signed by President Olusegun Obasanjo early this year is not going down well with indigenes of the oil producing states. Last week, traditional rulers in the area described the suit as a conspiracy against the oil bearing states which should be resisted vigorously.

The suit filed by 22 states of the Federation for the abrogation of the On-shore- Offshore dichotomy act signed by President Olusegun Obasanjo early this year is not going down well with indigenes of the oil producing states. Last week, traditional rulers in the area described the suit as a conspiracy against the oil bearing states which should be resisted vigorously.

Operating under the name TROMPCON, the paramount rulers described the action of the 19 Northern states governors and three other states in the South-West as a recipe for crisis.

Pere Charles Ayumi-About, chairman of TROMCON, said in Effurun, Delta State, at the end of an emergency general meeting of the body, that the act was another means of taking the oil producing communities for a ride. "This grand conspiracy by these governors is indeed designed to take our people for another ride which we shall collectively resist in its entirety, their unguarded public utterances, attitudes and actions betray a lack of readiness to embrace the time-tested system of civil governance," TROMPCON said.

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