PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL: Sen. OBA assures Host Communities of a fair deal
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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources Upstream and Co-chair, Senate Joint Committee on Petroleum Downstream. Petroleum Resources Upstream and Gas, Senator Bassey Albert (OBA) has assured the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM) of a better deal by the time the long awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is finally passed by the 8th National Assembly.
Senator Albert gave the assurance on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 when the Delegation of HOSTCOM led by its National President, High Chief Dr. Benjamin Style met with him in his office at the end of the 2-day Public Hearing on the Bill organized by the Joint Committee of the Senate.
In a brief meeting he had with the delegation, Senator Albert assured them that the National Assembly will do justice to the requests of the host communities as contained in their memorandum to the Joint Committee. He also disclosed that the Committee will soon embark on an oversight visits to the host communities to see things for themselves.
HOSTCOM Chairman, Dr. Benjamin Style said as a distinguished son of the Niger Delta and being one of the arrowheads of the region in the Senate, the group decided to visit him after the public hearing in order to encourage him and his colleagues to do justice to the cause of host communities as the country’s federal legislature commences work on the PIB.
Those who accompanied the National President of HOSTCOM to the meeting were High Chief Dr. George Bucknor, the National Secretary, Technical Committee of the group; Hon. Elder Herbert C. Awortu, the Rivers State Chairman of HOSTCOM, among others.