By Emma Amaize
WARRIâ€”Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) governorship candidate in Delta State in the 2007 governorship elections, Mr. Emmanuel Igbini, yesterday accused the South-South governors of embarking on the highest level of intellectual scam and calculated deceit of the people of the region with the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) with the singular objective of blackmailing the Presidency to succumb to their second term election bid.
In an online statement yesterday, Igbini said,â€œ wheras, I totally condemn as immoral and unconstitutional the decision of the Federal Executive Council to downgrade and ultimately destroy the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI),Â Effurun, while upgrading the College of Petroleum Studies in Kaduna, the current proposed Nigerian PIB,Â if passed into law, will better serve the national interest and more, particularly, the interest and benefits of the exploited and deprived people of the oil producing communities in the South-South.
“The Bill aims to expose the decade long of crude oil stealing, fraud, environmental destruction and exploitation by the multinational oil companies,Â as the bill insists on publishing what is earned and produced in the oil industry to be easily accessed by our people in line with international extractive industry transparent initiative”.
â€It also seeks to open a new window of opportunity which takes into account, the need for our people to be major stakeholders in the management and control of our God given oil and gas resources.
â€œIt is, therefore, not surprising that the multinational oil companies have continued to frustrate and strongly object to the passage of the Bill, while supporting many existing obnoxious Nigerian Petroleum Act that protects and encourages their atrocities. They have also allegedly been sponsoring some groups to condemn this Bill.
â€œIt is also not surprising that the same governors who, only few days ago, fully campaigned for, supported and imposed the fraudulent federal government so-called amnesty for the Niger Delta have now suddenly claimed to realize that their amnesty package is deficient and faulty.
â€œThis inconsistency of the governors only conform their insincerity to our people and, therefore, their action and threat should be ignored and not supported by our people.
â€œOur people should take on the total condemnation and opposition of the planned upgrading of College of Petroleum Resources in Kaduna and any other anti-South South policies of the federal government, but the petroleum industry Bill should be fully supported if the oil producing communities must be liberated from the decades of exploitation and deprivation.â€