"Resource Control, A Long Time
Says Senator Fred Brume"
([Lagos] Vanguard Tuesday, 17th July, 2001)
Reported By Sam Eyoboka
CHAIRMAN of the Senate Committee on Steel Development, Dr. Fred
Brume (Delta Central) has described recent criticisms of his comment on
resource control as an unfortunate misunderstanding of what he called a
mature advice. He said he was not against resource control.
"I was advising that the issue of resource control, desireable as it may
can only be seen as a long term measure, if at all it will be feasible, because it
required the amendment of the Constitution of the country in order to bring
the control over mineral mining rights from federal to states or local
governments or even individuals," he said.
Senator Brume made this explanation at the official dedication of Light
House Christian Guest House in Ebute-Metta, Lagos, suitable for visiting
missionaries and as hostel for Christians on retreat.
The guest house is the second of its kind by the Fishers of Men, an
8-woman evangelical/missionary support ministry co-ordinated by the
senatorís lawyer-wife and mother of five, Mrs Elizabeth Brume.
According to the co-ordinator, the two guest houses were set up to raise
funds to support their mission fields in the North, Cameroun, Niger, Burkina
Faso, Central African Republic and other parts of Africa.
Speaking further, the Senator added: "You require two thirds of the elected
members of the National Assembly to achieve that. In addition, you require
two thirds of the states of the federation or 24 state assemblies.
"And I know from what I am already seeing among my colleagues from
other parts of the country in Abuja that, that is certainly an uphill task,"
Senator Brume explained.
He, therefore, reiterated his call on resource control agitators to join
to exploit what is feasible now.
"That was the advice I was giving and it seems as if I was either
misunderstood or people just did not want to pay proper attention to what I
will describe as a mature advice," the Senator disclosed; adding "given, from
the pedestal of my knowing, what is happening in the centre. "I am not
saying that people should not agitate for resource control, but if you are to
do it lawfully and constitutionally, it will take a long time and it is an uphill
Continuing, he added: "I am believing that more and more people are coming
to understand the real issue. What we want to see is that the present two to
three billion naira that is coming to the Niger Delta or Delta State every
month from the derivation principle be increased to five or six billion.
"That, I believe, is the real and truer interest of the people of the Niger
rather than mere sloganeering," Brume stated, adding: "Whether you call it
resource control or derivation principle, the bottom line is, we want more
money to come for the development of the area."
On her part, Mrs. Brume called on Nigerian women to exert more influence
on their families, first of all their children, husbands and also the community
Speaking on recent high rate of crime in the country, she said: "They
(Christian women)should try to be alive and do whatever they can, because
women see things more and are more sensitive and prone to identifying what
is wrong and finding a solution."
Mrs. Brume said if people knew the Lord and fear God, the society would
be a better place. She therefore, called on Nigerians to have the fear of God
and speak the truth always, adding "if you do that, they say against the law
of God there is no other law."
The occasion which was attended by Ambassador Moses Ihonde, Pastor
Femi Oyinsan, Deacon Godwin Daniel, Mrs Philippa Adewumi was also
used to honour five Nigerians who have contributed to the realisation of the
Those who received awards included Reverend Kole Olowofoyepo,
Senator Adewumi, Engineer (Mrs) Oyenike Saulawa who was said to have
designed the modest structure, Mr. Okpere and Mr Femi Samuel.