By Emma Amaize
WARRI—SOUTH-SOUTH leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has said the major reason why the North was opposed to the Petroleum Industry Bill , PIB, was because of the allocation of 10 per cent equity to host communities.
He said the uncompromising stand was not surprising as the various interest groups in the North do not want such benefit to go to the oil communities. He, however, called on host communities to continue to mount pressure on the appropriate quarters until the bill was passed.
Clark, who was represented by Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, former Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters to former President Umaru Yar’Adua, stated this at the inauguration of the newly-elected executive of Izon-Ebe Oil Producing Communities Forum in Warri, Delta State.
He blamed the leaders of the country for the woes bedevilling the nation, saying that they were insensitive to the plight of the populace, as they want to own everything and leave the people with nothing.
New President of the Forum, Mr. Moses Edougha, called on Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and oil multinationals to implement the local content policy of the Federal Government.
He also appealed to oil firms to wake up to their Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, to host communities by implementing the local content rules in their employments and award of contracts.