Ezekwesili seeks inclusion of poor in PIB

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By Emman Ovuakporie

ABUJA—FORMER Vice President  of the World Bank (African Region), Mrs. Obiageli  Ezekwesili,  said yesterday that federal lawmakers should integrate all the needs of the poor into the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, before its final passage into law.

She made this request when the Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources(Downstream), Mr Dakuku Peterside, stressed the need for an all-inclusive petroleum legislation that would not only enhance revenue generation for the country but also preserve the environment of oil bearing communities.

Ezekwesili had noted that  the review had become necessary because the bill, as currently conceived, did not do enough justice to some of  the critical issues in the  downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

They both  spoke in Abuja  at the public presentation  of two books, “Niger Delta Environmental Roundtable- A Book of Readings” and  ”African Women Can Lead,” published by the Development and Leadership Institute.

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