By Emma AmaIze

CIVIL Society Orga-nizations, CSOs in Nigeria and other stakeholders have advocated a public hearing on the removal of petroleum subsidy to enable President Muhammadu Buhari take a final decision.

This is part of the resolutions taken at a round-table of CSOs and stakeholders convened in Abuja by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) on the ongoing efforts of President Buhari’s administration to reform the Nigeria oil and gas sector, with special focus on the Berne Declaration.

In a communiqué signed by the executive director, ANEEJ, Rev David Ugolor, Zero Corruption Coalition’s  Lukman Adefolahan and six others, the CSOs said, “Government should sustain the on-going  reform of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and make it comprehensive.

Olanrewaju Adeoye of the 21st Century Community Empowerment for Youth and Women Initiative, Victor Emejuiwe,  Centre for Social Justice, Debo Adeniran of Coalition against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, Comrade Nelson Nwafor,   Foundation For Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development, (FENRAD),  Odion Timothy ( Nigeria Network of NGOs and Olukayode Majekodunmi of  Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, attended the seminar.

They urged the Federal Government to strengthen all  the anti-corruption agencies and fund  them adequately to enable  the recovery of  all oil revenue looted by Politically Exposed Persons and prosecute them as promised Nigerians and also step up the  crude oil refining capacities of the nation’s refineries to 100 per cent  optimal capacity utilization.

The CSOs advocated immediate review of all Joint Venture Contracts of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation by the NNPC management just as they asked President Buhari to sign the 2015 Audit Bill passed by the seventh National Assembly into law.

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