Oil Workers Blame Senate for Blocking Stakeholder’s Input in PIB

Oil workers in the country have condemned the way and manner the Senate Joint Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) conducted and ended its public hearing without allowing critical and strategic stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to present their positions.

The workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), made the declaration while condemning the action by the Senate Committee to exclude some stakeholders including PENGASSAN and NUPENG.

This was stated in a protest letter jointly signed by the general secretaries of PENGASSAN and NUPENG, Bayo Olowoshile, and Isaac Aberare, respectively.

The two workers’ unions stated that the letter sent to them indicated that they would present their positions on the second day of the public hearing. They alleged that the committee ended the public hearing to protect the interests of some people and denied many individuals and groups, including the unions, who have the national interest at heart the opportunity to make their presentations.

“To our shock and utter disappointment, we got to the Senate as early as 9am on July 19, 2013, and found out that the Committee had hurriedly concluded hearing on the bill on the first day, contrary to the advertised schedule of the Committee,” the group stated.

“From the way and manner the Committee conducted the public hearing, it is obvious that key stakeholders like NUPENG, PENGASSAN were specifically targeted to be denied the opportunity to make presentations because of our critical position against all unpatriotic interests in the bill,” the workers affirmed.

According to the unions, the PIB had suffered several stillbirths indicative of the intrigues and obscure agenda of some powerful individuals and organisations for selfish goals and objectives for perpetual exploitation of Nigeria’s hydrocarbon resource.

The unions however said that they had submitted the required 50 copies of their memoranda and therefore demanded to be heard through a properly conducted public hearing, adding that it behooves on the joint committee to ensure that we are granted this deserved fundamental right as key stakeholders.

source: Leadership News

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