Headlines Don’t allocate oil blocks to individuals, Falana Tells FG Published 2 months ago on March 25, 2019 By Kenneth Atavti Share Tweet Constitutional Lawyer; Chief Femi Falana(SAN) yesterday asked the federal government to stop allocating oil blocks to individuals and corporate bodies. He gave the advice in a letter dated March 20 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari. He said he would not hesitate to file a suit against government should it fail to heed its request. ”If the federal government refuses to accede to our request we shall be compelled to challenge the constitutional validity of allocating the oil blocks and other natural resources collectively owned by the Nigerian people but vested in the Federal Government to a few private individuals and corporate bodies,” he warned. Falana urged government to restrict the allocation of oil blocks, including marginal fields to the federal government and the governments of the 36 states of the Federation. “This request is in line with Section 16 (1) (b) of the Constitution which has mandated the Nigerian State to “control the national economy in such manner as to secure the maximum welfare, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality of status and opportunity,” he argued. He further argued the allocation of oil blocks to a few individuals and corporate bodies by the federal government constitutes a gross violation of the fundamental rights of the Nigerian people to freedom from discrimination, equal right of access to public property and in the equal enjoyment of the common heritage of mankind as well as the right to social, economic and cultural development guaranteed by articles 2, 13, 22 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act. “Therefore, pursuant to article 22 thereof which has imposed a duty on the Federal Government to freely dispose of the wealth and national resources of the nation in the exclusive interests of the Nigerian people we urge Your Excellency to desist from allocating oil and blocks to a select group of Nigerians and foreigners,” he stated. Falana pointed out he made the request because majority of the owners of the oil blocks usually sub-lease them to offshore companies as they lack the fund and the technical expertise to develop the oil and gas industry. 1,061 total views, 5 views today Related Posts Schlumberger to invest $724m oil financing deal FGNigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNNPC has said that Schlumberger would provide $724.14 million out of… Plateau Bloodbath: Falana spits fire, reveals what he would do to FGSenior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana(SAN), has reacted to the Plateau State bloodbath, while urging… Environmental pollution via oil explorationOil companies are saboteurs of our national economic growth. The lack of political will by… Related Topics:Featured Up Next Alleged forgery: Reps give First bank, CBN, AGIS, others, 7-day-ultimatum Don't Miss Ortom secures 2nd term as gov Continue Reading Advertisement Loading... You may like EFCC reveals why it arrested Naira Marley, Zlatan, others “History will not be kind to Ganduje” -Timi Frank reacts to ‘Vendetta move’ against Sanusi Kano Gov. Ganduje reveals reasons for creating four new Emirates Trouble looms for Saraki, Ciggarate company as group makes damning allegations, calls for probe Appraising stakeholders’ view on Emefiele’s reappointment BREAKING: Dead-end for Onnoghen as Court dismisses appeal suit Click to comment Advertisement Latest Entertainment2 hours ago EFCC reveals why it arrested Naira Marley, Zlatan, others News2 hours ago “History will not be kind to Ganduje” -Timi Frank reacts to ‘Vendetta move’ against Sanusi News3 hours ago Kano Gov. Ganduje reveals reasons for creating four new Emirates News3 hours ago Trouble looms for Saraki, Ciggarate company as group makes damning allegations, calls for probe Advertisement Loading... Most Read News24 hours ago Àlleged N2.5bn Scam: Payment didn’t violates FG White paper- ICPC Politics21 hours ago Rumpus over Bulkachuwa’s chairmanship of Presidential Election Tribunal Politics5 hours ago FFK mocks Okorocha, says there is no peace for the wicked News20 hours ago CCT: A/Court to deliver judgments in Onnoghen’s appeals today News20 hours ago Soldiers kill 2 bandits, recover sophisticated weapons Sports18 hours ago Egypt will put up a spectacular AFCON 2019 — Pinnick News20 hours ago Udoma inaugurates NBS Board, cautions against undue interference Politics20 hours ago Imo: Will Emeka Ihedioha be different?