A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu has thrown his weight behind the Former Governor and Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Seriake Dickson over allege complicity of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva in the circumstances that led to the 3 per cent allocation to the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region.
According to Frank-Oputu, though the Presidency and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have not refuted the claims made by stakeholders against the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, the disposition of Sylva to the PIB passed by the national Assembly showed that he is not a true Niger Deltan and he is a bad element from the region.
Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu, who is a chieftain of the APC from Southern Ijaw Local Government area, argued that Sylvia’s insistence that oil companies cannot conveniently operate with the 5% Mr president proposed also it will drive away investors in the oil industry, ”Well anybody who thinks Dickson is not right should be mentally examined. The truth is this we are all aware when the Senate invited the ministry of petroleum in their conference sitting to come and give some light and real issues about the bill and I think that is from where Dickson is saying that, Sylva insisted that oil companies cannot conveniently operate with the 5% Mr president propose also it will drive away investors in the oil industry.”
“Two things are there for us to know that the accusation is right. The presidency has not refuted Dickson’s claim in regards to this issue whether it was the president who propose the 2.5 or the 3% or 5% that was propose by the President. And as much as I am concerned, what I know is that president Buhari will never hurt us. In his First tenure, he had the will of making sure this bill was passed but the Senate as of that time, the two houses of the national assembly were not really collaborating with him properly because you could see the opposition was deep inside the leadership of the national Assembly at that time. Hence, the president was not able to do what he wanted to do because they will always turn it back at him.”
“Now that the APC and the government of President Buhari is really in control of the National Assembly and APC members are the majority of the leadership who are collaborating with the executive arm of government properly he made that bill possible. What we must know is the fact whether Sylva is a true ijaw son? Is Sylvia really a true ijaw man that he is representing an ijaw cause?”
“Sylva should be remove as Minister of Petroleum. Am calling on the INC and all ijaw leaders to speak up against Sylva’s wrong doings against the Niger Delta people. They should know that what Senator Dickson is saying is true because the presidency has not come to refute it. If it was wrong, I know for sure that the presidency would have come up with something.The NNPC would have also come up with an argument on it. Everybody should know that.And Timipre Sylva continuing to stay as a minister of petroleum is to the detriment of the ijaw nation.”
“Hence this call is necessary and President Buhari should do the needful by changing him. Sylva knows that Late President Yar’adua propose 10% . Now when President Buhari proposed 5%, I expected Sylva to have even ask for more rather than to reduce it. There are countries with oil, the percentage that goes to the owners is not this 5% or 10% we are talking here. And people are still investing and production are made. Why would you say in Nigeria and in the Niger delta, if 5% is given oil companies will not be able to operate properly? That is insane. Am calling on all oil producing communities to reject Sylva.”
“Any day he comes to their community, he should be treated as an adulterated ijaw man. He does not represent the true culture of the ijaw people, he should be rejected and stoned to where he came from this bill has really exposed Sylva characteristic so I am calling on all ijaw people to stand against this abnormally and reject this PIB for them to do the needful that the 5% of what the President propose is what should be passed because the House of Representatives passed it as 5%. The Senate should go back and do that and not listen to Sylva.”
Frank-Oputu however called on Niger Delta elders including leaders of the umbrella bodies of Ijaw Nation including the Ijaw National Congress (INC) and PANDEF to act quickly to sanction the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva over his allege ignoble role leading to the passage of 3 per cent provision in the PIB,” One of the issues I must raise is to call on all ijaw ethnic nationalities to sanction Chief Timipre Sylva and ask for his removal from office. Sylva does not have the interest of anybody at heart. When his fellow Nembe man won the bidding of OML 33 from Ogbomatoro, Sylva short-change him and bring another company to take the job.”