removal of host communities fund by the National Assembly from the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, is generating tension across oil producing communities in the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
Also, the Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, IPDI, yesterday condemned the removal of host communities fund from the PIB by the National Assembly.
It said any attempt to remove the proposed fund could be seen as an invitation to war, as such move was only meant to short-change the rights of host communities in oil operations in the Niger Delta region.
The national president, Comrade Austin Ozobo who spoke yesterday in Warri, Delta State, said the removal of the fund was a gross abuse and continued marginalisation of oil bearing communities.
He warned that such attempt could disrupt oil operations in the region.
Ozobo accused the President Muhammadu Buhari government of taking such “callous” decision to serve personal interest of few northern folk.
“The attempted removal of host communities fund from the PIB is a big slap and a blow to the host communities and such is not acceptable.”
IPDI maintained that the attempted removal of host communities fund in the PIB bill was provocative, callous, barbaric and vindictive obnoxious.
The group reiterated that the National Assembly should revisit the bill and make a review of the war-prone decision as the fund was meant to ameliorate and developed oil ravaged Niger Delta environments and communities.
It further stressed that all oil facilities be removed from the region as they would no longer guarantee oil facilities and oil multinational operations in the region with empty stomach.

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