PIB may fuel discontent in host communities – Apampa

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Olusoji AmpampaAnti-corruption agency, Integrity Nigeria has advised the federal government to reconsider a section of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that holds host communities responsible for infrastructural damages, saying it may fuel discontent within the affected communities.Director of the group Mr. Olusoji Apampa said, although government sees it as a good strategy in tackling the nation’s current infrastructural insecurity especially in the petroleum sector, communal clashes may erupt when the proposed penalties backing the breach of the policy sets in.

The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) aims at establishing the legal and regulatory framework for the Nigerian petroleum industry.

The federal government says the PIB when passed into law, will contribute to economic growth as it establishes guidelines for the operation of the upstream and downstream sectors of the nation’s petroleum industry.

Apampa said, “we warn that this policy will fuel communal clashes and discontent within communities when the penalties proposed kick in. Will the government hold citizens responsible for PHCN infrastructure vandalized within the vicinity of their dwellings? We should carefully consider the precedent being set.”

 

Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.