By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” A socio-political group in Bayelsa, Movement for Good Governance in Bayelsa (MGGB), has warned on the grave dangers that could trail the Petroleum Industries Bill (PIB) if passed into law by the National Assembly.
According to the National Co-ordinator of the MGGB, Dr. George Fente, the bill is capable of derailing the on-going amnesty for militants and the general peace in the Niger Delta region.
Fente, who called for the immediate withdrawal of the bill which he described as â€œobnoxiousâ€, accused the Federal Government of insincerity with the acclai-med palliatives for the Niger Delta region, and wondered why the existing 23 anti-Niger Delta people laws have not been repealed to pave the way for peace in the area.
Fente listed some of the obnoxious laws to include: the Inland Water Ways Decree of 1993 and 1997; the Petroleum Act of 1969; the PPTA Act of 1959; the Petroleum Profit Tax Act, Chapter 354 of 1990; the Harmful Waste (Criminal Provision) Decree of 1998; the Abatement in Industries and Facilities Generating Waste Regulations Decree of 1991 and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund Establishment Act No. 25 of 1973.
Others are: the Oil and Navigable Waters Act of 1969; Oil Terminal Dues Act of 1969; the Petroleum Drilling and Regulating Act of 1969;the Territorial Waters Amendment Act of 1971; the Petroleum Amendment Act of 1978; the NNPC Act Cap 320 of 1990; the Oil Pipeline Act of 1965; the Associated Gas Re-injection Amendment Decree of 1985; the NDDC Act of July 12, 2000; the EIA Decree 86 of 1992; the National Environmental Protection Management of Solid and Hazardous Waste Decree of 1991; the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Decree of 1995 and the NEITI Act of 2007.
The controversial Petroleum Industries Bill, he lamented is against the general interest of the people of the Niger Delta region just as the Land use Act which have subjected the people to be beggars of the proceeds from their God â€“given oil and gas.
Fente lauded the South-South Governors and some members of the National Assembly for their steadfastness on the demand for the withdrawal of the bill and urged the state Houses of Assembly in the region to emulate the stance of the Bayelsa legislature by taking steps to pressurize the presidency to review its stance on the bill.