The Patriotic Ijaw Youth Leaders (PIYL) have appealed to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to channel the 13 percent revenue derivation from the Soku Oil Wells to the development of the host communities and other oil-producing coastal areas in the state.
The chairman of the group, Samuel George who made the call on Tuesday in Port Harcourt hailed the verdict of the Supreme Court on the disputed oil.
He also commended the governor for ensuring retention of the oil wells in Rivers, a feat which he said will benefit of all Rivers people, irrespective of their ethnic or political leanings.
George said, “The Supreme Court’s judgement is a historic success to Rivers people beyond ethnic lines. What the governor of Rivers state did is for the interest of everyone in the state. We lost the territory of the Soku oil wells in 2002 to Bayelsa state and other administrations fought for it but perhaps did not take the right direction.
“But the governor has just made us proud. What he did in the case of Soku oil wells is for the benefit of all Rivers people and so it needs to be applauded.
“The 13 percent derivatives from the oil wells should be channeled to the development of Rivers people particularly the Soku People for reclamation of land and education.”