PIB: Mangrove People Leadership Initiative (Voice of The South-South) Reject 3% for Host Communities
A non-governmental Organization, The Mangrove People Leadership Initiative “voice of the South South” has rejected the 3% funds proposed by the national Assembly to host communities in the the petroleum industry Bill calling for upward review.
The Stakeholders who made this known at the end of a 2 day grassroot South – South Conference tagged “South – South and the Politics of the Petroleum Industry Bill” held in Yenagoa the headquarters of Bayelsa State, said it is absurd to allocate 30% of NNPC profit to the exploration of oil and gas in frontier basins why those communities bearing the brunt of the exploration are to receive 3%.
Speaking during the event, the president general of Mangrove People Leadership Initiative, Chief Dike Harry said the 3% Proposed for host communities in the preview petroleum industry bill should be reviewed to ensure that the oil producing communities and regions of south south where pipe line are laid should receive not less than 10% for the development and empowerment of the indigene and the south south communities. He further stated that, if the bill is not revisited and amended to favour oil producing communities, Niger Deltans maybe be forced to stage a protest to oppose the bill.
Also speaking, the Secretary general of the Mangrove People Leadership Initiative Hon. Ifawa Ofegbodi, also appeal to President Muhammed Buhari not to accent to the bill, said those from host communities must be allowed to be given due representation in the board of trustees.
The national women leader of Mangrove People Leadership Initiative, Hon. Ruyi Cano and Bayelsa State Chairman Esther Martins express their dissatisfaction with the proposed 3% for host communities in the petroleum industry Bill and appeal to women in the south south region to come out in mass and publicly oppose it if need be.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the event, the Edo State Chairman of the Mangrove People Leadership Initiative, Amb. Bright Omokhodion Annillin also commend the 3% Proposed for host communities, saying the bill is inhuman on the people of the South – South States and the bill is grossly unfair to the goose that lays the golden eggs.
The state publicity secretary of Mangrove People Leadership Initiative, Comr. Kingsley Ohens said “he is grossly disappointed with the complete disregard and insensibility of the National Assembly to the concerns and outcry of the Niger Delta region over the three per cent that was appropriated for the Host Communities Trust Fund.
“It is surprising, but to some extent, we are not totally surprised because it is part of the conspiracy of the Nigerian state against the Niger Delta people and south south to be presides.” He said.