Nigeria's Petroleum Industry Bill get political
A civil society group, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, has warned members of the National Assembly not to contemplate re-election in 2015, if they fail to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill into law.
The Executive Director of the group, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, issued this warning on Saturday, shortly after a public awareness programme on the PIB and the need for transparency and accountability in the petroleum sector.
Ojo said that the lawmakers were at the National Assembly at the behest of the electorate, adding that the group would not support the re-election of the federal legislators in next year’s election, if the PIB was not passed into law.
Explaining that the National Assembly had been disappointing in the handling of the PIB, Ojo alleged that the lawmakers had yielded to the blackmail by oil companies that did not want the bill to be passed into law.
He said, “We, as civil society groups and as community members, are disappointed in the National Assembly for playing politics with people’s lives. The PIB has been on the desk of our lawmakers since 2009 and another lawmaking session is coming to an end. Yet, the passage of this bill appears not to be in sight.