THE Ijaw nation has described the Senate’s passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, PIGB, as a display of government disregard for oil host communities.
Ijaw nation which made the observation yesterday through the Izon-Ebe Oil and Gas Producing Communities Association, IOGPCA, in Warri, Delta State, said, the PIGB as passed by the Senate is a direct opposite of the original Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB.
The Ijaw body stated: “In the original PIB, 2% was set aside for host communities. Surprisingly, it was removed from the PIGB. On composition of governing board, no reference was made to host communities, but that it will be composed by the President. Clear concession would have been accorded host communities.”
Referring the 8th Senate to Ijaw National Congress’s recommendations to the 6th and 7th senates during past public hearings in the days of the PIB, the Ijaws called on the current Senate to immediately commence re-amendment of the PIGB to reflect host communities interests.