Oil-producing communities in five states of the federation have accused their respective state governors of misappropriation of about N7.282 trillion. It was alleged that the governors received the amount as payments for the 13 per cent derivation for the past 13 years. The states include: Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa and Ondo
The communities, in a joint letter to the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), appealed to the agency to support their efforts to halt the illegal and unconstitutional payment of 13 per cent derivation into any state government account. They maintained that: “The illegal and unconstitutional payment of 13 per cent derivation fund through the state governments have left the actual oil and gas producing communities in abject poverty. The situation has caused monumental fraud against the oil and gas producing communities.
The communities also charged NEITI to visit the oil and gas communities to undertake physical audit in order to see the degree of poverty, lack of infrastructure and means of livelihood as well as the level of devastation, environmental degradation, pollution and health hazard while carrying out the financial audit on the 13 per cent derivation.