The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) in the United States has joined leading r activists and other stakeholders in the coastal states of Niger-Delta to urge President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign into law the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, recently passed by the National Assembly.

It has rather called on the President to send it back to the lawmakers for modification in the inclusive interest of the country.

“NADECO notes that the people of Niger Delta region are disenchanted that the Buhari administration has not still realized that the economy and sustenance of Nigeria depends almost solely on the region,” it stated.

In a statement signed by Llyod Ukwu, Executive Director of the organisation in the US, it points out that it has “become obvious that the policies of this administration are provocative and heartless towards the people of the region especially when all the zones in the South are being pushed to a breaking point.”

It expressed disappointment that at the point when the federal government is supposed to introduce compassionate policies, it is alleged that it is collaborating with the National Assembly in complete disregard of the plight of the oil producing communities of the Niger Delta region.”

According to it, policies such as this are capable of driving the militants back to the creeks having been failed by the leadership of this administration.*

Specifically, it called on the President to return the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) bill to the National Assembly without signing it adding that it believes that the approved 3% is not only grossly inadequate, but very laughable.

“NADECO wishes to say that, what should have obtained is that the oil producing states and their host communities respectively, should have started by being allowed to keep 100% of their resources and then negotiated on what percentage that the federal government would get.

“It should not have been the other way round. The Niger Delta region should be in negotiations with the federal government as to what the federal government should get and not the federal government unilaterally determining what paltry percentage that the Niger Delta region gets.*

” NADECO further notes with disappointment, the outcome of the recently held bidding rounds of marginal fields where the companies owned by indigenes of the Niger Delta region were unfairly schemed out. The bulk of the marginal oil fields were instead awarded to persons from a particular ethnic group from a particular region of Nigeria. This also is unacceptable.

” In the interest of peace, equity, fairness and simple common sense, the federal government MUST consider companies and individuals indigenous to the Niger Delta region.

It expressed disappointment that lawmakers from the oil bearing region supported the PIB adding that the lawmakers from the region “must be summoned to their constituencies to explain their reasons for supporting such a repressive PIB bill.”

According to the group, If their explanations are not satisfactory (and we know they can never be), the South should demand and commence recalls of Niger-Delta lawmakers for their shoddy performance or ensure that they are voted out and replaced by responsive new lawmakers.”

He said how the lawmakers voted should be placed on record how they voted adding that “we seek expedited implementation of these demands as necessary first and tentative steps out of the present impasse that the current federal govenment has led Nigeria into by their maladministration and use of ethnicity and nepotism as state policy.”

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