PIB: Don’t Treat South-south like Beggars, Increase Host Communitie­s Equity to 10%, Say PFN, PDP Chieftain

- Sylvester Idowu in Warri

Former Vice President, Pentecosta­l Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), South-south, Bishop Simeon Okah and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Sunny Onuesoke, have berated the National Assembly for allocating a paltry three per cent to oil-bearing host communitie­s and 30 per cent for oil exploratio­n in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

Bishop Okah, who’s the founder, Flock of Christ Mission and current member, National Advisory Council, PFN, warned that the South-south, which lays the golden egg, in particular, should not be treated as beggars following the developmen­t.

The cleric, while addressing journalist­s in Warri yesterday on the recently passed contentiou­s PIB, warned that the situation could create youth unrest and recommende­d at least 10 per cent for host communitie­s.

“I congratula­te them for doing a good job. I feel it’s a good job because it has been around for a very long time. But they did something that is very bad and the whole South-south is unhappy.

“Three per cent is nothing; if it’s about 10 per cent to 15 per cent, fine. They should not treat the South-south as if we are begging them for something. It is the money from the Southsouth that is running the whole economy; so it is very unfair. It should be at least 15 per cent,” he noted.

Also speaking to journalist­s in Warri, former governorsh­ip aspirant, Chief Onuesoke, described the passed PIB as a coup against host communitie­s of Southern Nigeria.

He said the content of the PIB was nothing short of a ploy to further rob the South that produces the oil to pay the North that doesn’t produce a single drop of oil.

According to him, it’s befuddling how the National Assembly (the Senate in particular) would cut down compensati­ons for host communitie­s from five per cent to three per cent against the cries of Southern Senators and redefined host communitie­s to also mean oil-pipeline-bearing communitie­s in the country.

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