AIDN Supports PIB, Commends Nigeria Senate For Advancing Bill

March 08, 2013

PRESS RELEASE:

RE: AIDN SUPPORTS PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL

AND COMMENDS THE NIGERIA SENATE FOR ADVANCING THE BILL

  1. The Akwa Ibom Diaspora Network (AIDN), representing an overwhelming majority of Akwa Ibom State citizens in the Diaspora, heartily commends the Nigeria Senate for advancing the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) past the crucial second reading. We hope that the PIB will soon pass at the National Assembly and become signed into law.

  2. Some of the main objectives of the PIB include, but not limited to: establishing a progressive fiscal regime that encourages further investments in the petroleum industry while optimizing revenue accruing to the Nigerian people; promoting transparency and openness in the administration of petroleum resources of Nigeria; protecting health, safety and the environment in the course of petroleum operations; and the management and allocation of petroleum resources and its derivatives in accordance with the principles of good governance, transparency and sustainable development of Nigeria.

  3. We believe that all fundamental objectives of the PIB are noble, seeking to establish the legal and regulatory framework as well as operational guidelines for Nigeria's petroleum sector. Therefore, we hereby register our strong support for the PIB and note that its provisions will render tremendous value towards the sustainable development of Nigeria.

  4. In particular, we applaud PIB's provision to establish a 10% host community fund that draws from profits posted by oil multinational corporations. The host community fund, which is not an additional derivation fund, will go a long way to boost the overall sense of inclusion and foster socioeconomic development projects for the long neglected stakeholders. There is no reason why such a provision should become a cross upon which to crucify the PIB, which is written for the benefit of communities that host oil multinational corporations and neither draws nor derives from the federation account.

  5. For more than five years, the PIB has needlessly suffered neglect because of political brinkmanship and schemes by special interest groups. It is not in doubt that some Nigerians desperately want to perpetuate the regime of corruption and injustice institutionalized since oil was first drilled in Nigeria. Soon forgetting real and damning threats posed by their actions against national unity, the special interest groups, largely made up of some rich and powerful Nigerians, are poised to have it their way or make the country ungovernable.

  6. We are concerned that any attempt to scuttle the PIB will, in short order, revive restiveness in the Niger Delta region and may seriously threaten our national security. Citizens in the Niger Delta region are increasingly becoming aware that they have been criminally deprived of the benefits of resources from their land. They are enraged by recent revelation that 83% of oil blocs are owned by a few Northerners. Compelled by devastating effects of over five decades of criminal neglect and blight that is irreversible in some Niger Delta environments, it is only a matter of time that the people will hold the Federal Government to account.

  7. It is painful, scandalous and a cardinal sin for just a few privileged persons from one section of Nigeria to own and control over 83% of oil blocs allocation as recently disclosed by Senator Ita Enang (PDP, Akwa Ibom North East). We commend and stand by Senator Ita Enang for his transparency, courage and boldness to lift the veneer in order to expose some secret petroleum sector deals and lopsided arrangements by which a few Nigerians flagrantly and stupendously fleece the nation, and turn around to question how a meager 13% derivation fund is spent by the South-South states.

  8. There can never be any acceptable explanation to justify current levels of corruption in Nigeria's petroleum sector, which allows for mindless criminal fleecing of the country by a cabal. While the PIB can mitigate only to an extent, there can be no other sustaining remedy than to call on the Federal Government to immediately revoke all existing oil-bloc allocations and, at least, re-award them according to the federal character principle.

  9. We warn that as long as petroleum resources remain in our land and adjoining seas, as long as our land remains blighted and as long as we remain deprived of fundamental rights derivable from true federalism, the people of Akwa Ibom State will continue to reject undesirable political schemes rooted in greed, envy, abuse of power, regional bias or any form of injustice.

Signed:

Mr. Clement Ikpatt, President

USA

Dr. Samuel Esema, Chair CWC

USA

Barr. Uduak Ukpeh, Secretary General

UK

Mr. Jimaimah Essien, Secretary CWC

UK

Prof. Ekere J. Essien

USA

Mr. Richard Usen

S. Africa

Prof. Felix Edoho

USA

Mr. Saturday Jackson

Germany

Ms. Mary Umoh

UK

Dr. Sonny Abia

USA

Mr. Christopher Oyobio

USA

Ms. Idongesit Nwiido

Ireland

Dr. Ekerete Udo Umoh

USA

Mr. Anthony Bruno

Slovenia

Mr. John Edem

Canada

Mr. Emmanuel Akpabio

USA

Prof. Ezekiel Ette

USA

Mr. Chris Oduok

USA

Pastor Iniobong Nwoko

USA

Mrs. Christy N. Egwunye

USA

Dr. Bassey Ekong

Canada

Ms. Bassey Effiong, R.Ph.

USA

Ms. Affiong Usanga

USA

Mrs. Agnes Oku

Canada

Mr./Mrs. Akan Itieimoh

Canada

Mrs. Aniefonama Jacob

UK

Mr. Amba Amba

Spain

Rev. (Dr.) Augustus Oku

Canada

Mrs. Caroline Obinyan

UK

Mrs. Bokime Essien

Canada

Dr. Charles Itauma

UK

Mr. Daniel Udonsak

Canada

Mr. Chris Umoebit

Spain

Mr. Dominic Akpan

UK

Mr./Mrs. Clifford Bassey

USA

Mr. Dominic Akpan

UK

Ms. Comfort Itat

Nigeria

Mr. Douglass Ime Bassey

Spain

Dr. Comfort Udoh

USA

Mr. Edet Essien

Canada

Mr. Cyril Davies

Canada

Mr. Edet Umoafia

Canada

Rev. Daniel Asian

Canada

Mr. Ekomabasi Essienette

USA/Nig.

Mrs. Daramfon Udoh

USA

Mrs. Eno Egbo Egbo

Canada

Mr. Edem Udo-Orok

Canada

Mr. Francisca Essien

Canada

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USA

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UK

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Canada

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USA

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UK

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USA

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USA

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UK

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Italy

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USA

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USA

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UK

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USA

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USA

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Canada

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Spain

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Spain

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USA

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UK

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Italy

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USA

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USA

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Canada

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Canada

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Italy

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USA

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UK

Mrs. Mary Lamboye

Spain

Imoh Peter Umoh

Canada

Mrs. Mercy Ifon

UK

Mrs. Iniobong Edem

Canada

Mr. Michael Edem

Canada

John Edem, Jr.

USA

Engr. Monday Umoh

Nig/Italy

Ms. Margaret Mkpong

Nigeria

Mr. Moses Edem

USA

Ms. Martha Wilson

USA

Mr. Ofonime Sampson

USA

Mrs. Mfon Alfred

UK

Rev. Paul Ime Manner

USA

Pastor Mfon George

UK

Engr. Peter Umanah

USA

Mrs. Mfon Iyanam

Canada

Mr. Raymond Enoh

UK

Ms. Nse Martin

Canada

Ms. Rose Enefiok

Canada

Ms. Patience E. Udoh

Canada

Mr. Samuel Ekanem

Canada

Mr. Promise Unwene

UK

Mr. Steven Nelson

UK

Ms. Rosemary Udoh

Canada

Mrs. Tina Bruno,

Slovenia

Mr. Soni Edem

Canada

Mrs. Uduak Obong Umoren

UK

Ms. Unyime Effiong

Canada

Ms. Ukorije Asuk

UK

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UK

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Canada

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UK

Victor Ekpo, Jr.

USA

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