By ABDULWAHAB ABDULAH
LAGOS—Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, weekend, said the House was working towards ensuring that majority of items on the exclusive list were moved to the concurrent list.
The Speaker, who spoke in Lagos, said this would engender speedy resolution of several national issues and promote democratic culture.
Represented by Adekunle Adeyemi, at the 11th anniversary and annual lecture of Crusade for Justice, with theme, “Oil and Gas, Human Rights and the Nigerian State: An Overview,” the Speaker said the House would remain on the side of the people in the on-going review of the constitution by the National Assembly.
According to him: “On the on-going review of the constitution, we are working to ensure that items on the exclusive list are pushed to the concurrent list and if possible to the residual list”.
President and founder of the Crusade for Justice, Mr. Richard Nwankwo, said the country had lost over $100 billion to crude oil theft between 2003 and 2008, quoting a United States Institute of Peace, USIP, report titled: “Blood money in the Niger”.
The lead speaker, Dr. Yemi Oke, of the Post Graduate School, University of Lagos, in his paper titled, “Oil and Gas, Human rights and the Nigerian State: Right-Based Approach to Energy governance in Nigeria,” contended that the controversy generated by the 10 percent share proposed to the resource-bearing communities in the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, further revealed a lack of framework to ensure fairness in the distribution of gains derived from the exploitation of oil and gas and other natural resources in the country.
According to him, “the nature of Nigerian state is such that a development strategy anchored on exploitation or utilization of natural resources may hardly produce a win-win situation between local owners of the resources and other stakeholders due to the current political economy of impunity in resource utilization”.