The Senator representing Bayelsa West senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson has called for the review of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB stating that the 3% allocation to host communities is not enough.
The lawmaker made the call at a media briefing with Senate Press Corps in Abuja.
According to him, “host communities are the most important partners in the PIB. They should have been placed at the number one position for sustainability. Refusal to do so may likely open up frontiers for war for a region that currently enjoys relative peace. Skills must be deployed in management of host communities to avoid the break down of law and order due to this injustice done to them. Therefore, there should be a review of the Bill before its ascent by the president.
The lawmaker also said that, the 3% is not in any way good for host communities, investors and the government.
On the issue of the 30% allocation for frontier basin, the Senator said that, “nothing is wrong in giving money for frontier basin but not 30% because it is too much for them. When the real people concern are not taking that much.
What is wrong is the denial of 5% to the host communities. Not a very good development. I had to walk out because that was the right thing to do. Its normal. You disagree yo make your point, he added.
He also said that this denial of the 3% is not helping the country, investors and the host communities. It is not enabling investment to thrive.
On the Electoral Bill, the lawmaker also clarified that the draft Bill took care of the point raised by lawmakers at the level of committee. Saying there is a clear marked difference between what was passed in both chambers.
“It is unconstitutional for the National Assembly or anybody to subordinate the powers conferred on INEC on the performance of its constitutional rights to another agency no matter how highly placed”.
Stating that the Electoral umpire must be allowed to perform their constitutional role.