From Francis Sadhere, Warri
The Delta State House of Assembly on Wednesday approved and authorised the Federal Government to deduct Delta State share of the sum of one billion dollars from the Excess Crude Account for the procurement of military equipment for the fight against insurgency and other security challenges in the country.
The approval was sequel to a motion to that effect by the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere, seconded by Hon Johnson Erijo and adopted.
The approval followed a request by the State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa in a letter to the House, read at plenary by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.
Governor Okowa in the letter informed the House of the Federal government plans to deduct the sum of one billion dollars from the Excess Crude Account for the procurement of military equipment to support the Armed Forces in its operations in fighting insurgency and other security challenges.
He said procedurally, in addition to the approval of the National Assembly, the concurrent approval of the Houses of Assembly in the thirty six states of the federation was expected to be sought and obtained to facilitate the deduction from the Excess Crude Account.
Governor Okowa noted that it would be useful for the resolution of the House to capture that the thirteen percent derivation component accrual to Delta State as its share of the one billion dollars should be remitted to the state.
He stated that the purpose of the letter was to request the House by way of resolution to approve and authorise the Federal government to deduct Delta State share of the sum of one billion dollars from the Excess Crude Account for the procurement of military equipment for the fight against insurgency and other security challenges subject to the deduction and payment of thirteen percent derivation component due to Delta State from the said one billion dollars.
The request was approved following a voice vote by the Speaker.
Meanwhile, the State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa will proceed on a two weeks annual vacation from Friday 13th July to Wednesday 25th July, 2018