Bayelsa Senator tackles Dickson as tension rises over 3% equity for Host Communities - PIB

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Senator Biobarakuma Wangagha Degi-Eremienyo has lashed at a Ex-governor and Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial district, Seriake Dickson for making inflammatory statements that could lead to a fresh crisis in the Niger Delta.

Senator Dickson had warned that the Petroleum Industry Bill which was passed into law by the National Assembly last week could trigger crisis in the Niger Delta region.

He argued that the 3% equity for the development of Host Communities against the 5% was not in the interest of the Niger Delta people while describing the development as unwise.

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But reacting on Friday, his colleague in the red Chambers, Degi-Eremienyo wondered why the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timi Sylva would be dragged into the legislative debate that saw the 5% reduced to 3%.

The lawmaker insisted that Dickson’s comments were not only inflammable, but regrettable, given that he had the opportunity when he was governor to rally round the PIB, but he did nothing, a situation that made the bill not to see the light of the day for over ten years.

He said: “The true story was that the PIB as an executive bill was presented to the National Assembly, proposing 2.5% of the total operational cost as host communities development trust funds.

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"The lead debate was hot and protracted in both chambers. Lawmakers from the Niger Delta region including myself spoke, argued for an upward increase commensurate to our contributions and sacrifices. During the public hearing at various centers, host communities canvassed the same position.

According to him, the 3% was the Senate’s decision which Seriake Dickson was a member which was eventually sustained by the Conference Committee against the House of Reps’ version of 5%.

"Observers would be tempted to ask what efforts Sen. Dickson made to achieve the utmost desired as the bill was presented to NASS when he was still Governor.

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"Other Governors from the region rallied round their people and even lobbied lawmakers from other regions to support an increase in the host com Dev fund. Ex-Gov Dickson did nothing as he was okay with spending 13% derivation on aggressive development of his own villages which are not host communities, leaving the oil and gas producing host communities to suffer their fate.

"It's ridiculous to see him fighting pretentiously for host communities. Dickson lacks the moral grounds to criticize or attack Sylva's innocence.

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