Advertisements
Advertisements
Advertisements
Home National NASARAWA GOVERNOR ON PIB: I care less about whether host community allocation...

Related Posts

Navy releases impounded vessel to owner in Warri

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta has handed over MV Platform Care I vessel to its owner, Blut Logistics Limited. The News Agency of Nigeria...

SEVERE FLOOD ALERT: 28 states at risk of flooding — How prepared are the Niger Delta states?

What proactive steps are we taking to nip this looming danger by the bud? Or are we going to wait for the flood to...

How Nigeria lost N53.26bn to gas flared by oil companies in two months

By Ebi Perekeme Nigeria lost an estimated N53.26bn in the first two months of this year as international oil companies and local players flared a...

NIMASA to convert Technical College, Okoloba to Maritime University’s campus

By Our Correspondent The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh has assured that the agency would not...

Olu of Warri-designate releases official photos ahead of coronation ceremony 

By Princess Okoh The 21st Olu of Warri-designate, Omoba Tsola Emiko has released some photos ahead of his coronation and installation ceremony! Dressed in red and...

Featured Artist

NASARAWA GOVERNOR ON PIB: I care less about whether host community allocation is 3% or 5%

By Daniel Kokoricha

The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, has faulted the debate over the Petroleum Industry Bill allocation for oil-producing states.

Governor Sule who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, said beyond figures or percentages, what matters more is the wellbeing of the states involved.

“You have to look at the totality of what goes to the communities,” he said.

“Is it just the three per cent that is going to them. People have forgotten about the 13% derivation that goes to the states. So even if you give the three per cent or five per cent is it changing the communities or is it going to some private pockets,” he asked.

Speaking further, Governor Sule said: “really, I care less about whether it is three per cent or five per cent. The most important thing is, let us go and take a look at what is happening in the Niger Delta. Even if we give them five per cent, is that the end of the crisis there? It is deeper than that.”

The host community allocation was a subject of heated debate last week as both chambers of the National Assembly struggled to decide between three and five per cent.

The allocation was one of the clauses left in consideration after the National Assembly had passed the PIB earlier this month.

If cleared, it is expected to transform the nation’s oil industry.

The three per cent is different from the 13% derivation fund which is paid to oil-producing communities from the federation account.

Instead, the three percent allocation will come from an entity’s actual yearly operating expenditure of the preceding financial year in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.

All contributions will be deposited in a trust fund for host communities.

According to a draft of the PIB, the trust fund will enhance peace and cordial relationship between oil companies and host communities.

While the Senate on Thursday adopted the three per cent allocation despite protests by southern lawmakers, the House of Representatives, on the other hand, stepped down the controversial Bill after an hour-long closed-door session.

Latest Posts

Navy releases impounded vessel to owner in Warri

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta has handed over MV Platform Care I vessel to its owner, Blut Logistics Limited. The News Agency of Nigeria...

SEVERE FLOOD ALERT: 28 states at risk of flooding — How prepared are the Niger Delta states?

What proactive steps are we taking to nip this looming danger by the bud? Or are we going to wait for the flood to...

How Nigeria lost N53.26bn to gas flared by oil companies in two months

By Ebi Perekeme Nigeria lost an estimated N53.26bn in the first two months of this year as international oil companies and local players flared a...