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Lawmaker lauds Speaker on oil reform bill

By Daniel Gumm
WARRI— THE Speak er of the House of Representatives, Mr. Demeji Bankole, has been commended for the statement credited to him that the House of Representatives would tamper with the Oil Reform Bill in the Sunday edition of ThisDay newspaper.

Answering questions from reporters at Government House, Asaba after attending the Delta State government’s organised “Gas Master Plan,” yesterday, Mr. Daniel Reyenieju, who represents the Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, noted that the draft bill as “it is now is embarrassingly defective, particularly in the quest for carrying along oil-bearing communities and ethnic groups in terms of participation and ownership in Nigeria’s crude oil industries,” a situation which the lawmaker described as “central and fundamental causal factor to the present crisis in the region.”

According to him, “irrespective of the beauty and good intention of the draft law, if passed as it is without a clear and unambiguous statement on the roles, and defined participation and stakeholding of respective oil-bearing groups and communities, the law will not achieve its desired results as crisis and agitations from host communities will remain unresolved.”

He stated that peaceful environment and cooperation of “host communities are factors to be considered in successful thriving of the oil industries in Nigeria, a situation the draft bill as it is presently remains oblivious and this of course is very dangerous.” File: Speaker/19 July 2009


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