BY Jude Njoku
For allegedly infringing on his intellectual property rights on the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, now before the National Assembly, a Nigerian lawyer and Estate Surveyor and Valuer based in England, Mr Emeka Chigozie Emeka, has threatened to drag the Nigerian government to court.
In a petition addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Emeka claimed that the PIB was extracted from his research work on the “Road Map to Peace and Development in the Niger Delta.”
He said, “I strongly believe that my intellectual property right has been infringed upon by the Petroleum Industry Bill presently before the National Assembly.
“I do not have any intention of placing my personal interest over and above our collective overriding national interest. However, there must be a balance between an individual’s interest and national interest,” he added.
Mr Emeka who is also the Bishop of Christ the Rock Community, a Pentecostal Church, in Nigeria, said that Nigeria has suffered tremendous setbacks due to the lack of recognition of highly skilled professionals in the country. This according to him, was responsible for the prevailing brain-drain.
According to him, “creative idea of compelling the oil companies by legislation to go public and sell some of their shares to the people from oil-producing areas is my idea published in my research work, delivered as a conference paper on Niger Delta Crisis in 2006.”
“My research document is one of my humble contributions to the wellbeing of my country, Nigeria and humanity in general. It is not out of place or a misplaced plea that my humble effort should be acknowledged and rewarded by my country.
I sincerely believe that it will not be good in the sight of God and Man for Nigeria to forget me while using my creative ideas and research work to proffer solution to the Niger Delta crisis,” he said.