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

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Senator Biobarakuma Wangagha Degi-Eremienyo has lashed at a former governor and Senator representing Bayelsa West Senatorial district, Seriake Dickson for making inflammatory statements that would result in a contemporary disaster within the Niger Delta.

Senator Dickson had warned that the Petroleum Trade Invoice which was handed into regulation by the Nationwide Meeting final week may set off disaster within the Niger Delta area.

He argued that the three% fairness for the event of Host Communities towards the 5% was not within the curiosity of the Niger Delta folks whereas describing the event as unwise.

However reacting on Friday, his colleague within the purple Chambers, Degi-Eremienyo puzzled why the Minister of State for Petroleum Sources, Chief Timi Sylva could be dragged into the legislative debate that noticed the 5% decreased to three%.

The lawmaker insisted that Dickson’s feedback weren’t solely inflammable, however regrettable, on condition that he had the chance when he was governor to rally around the PIB, however he did nothing, a state of affairs that made the invoice to not see the sunshine of the day for over ten years.

He stated: “The true story was that the PIB as an govt invoice was offered to the Nationwide Meeting, proposing 2.5% of the entire operational price as host communities improvement belief funds.

“The lead debate was sizzling and protracted in each chambers. Lawmakers from the Niger Delta area together with myself spoke, argued for an upward enhance commensurate to our contributions and sacrifices. In the course of the public listening to at varied facilities, host communities canvassed the identical place.

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Based on him, the three% was the Senate’s resolution which Seriake Dickson was a member which was ultimately sustained by the Convention Committee towards the Home of Reps’ model of 5%.

“Observers could be tempted to ask what efforts Sen. Dickson made to attain the utmost desired because the invoice was offered to NASS when he was nonetheless Governor.

“Different Governors from the area rallied spherical their folks and even lobbied lawmakers from different areas to help a rise within the host com Dev fund. Ex-Gov Dickson did nothing as he was okay with spending 13% derivation on aggressive improvement of his personal villages which aren’t host communities, leaving the oil and fuel producing host communities to endure their destiny.

“It’s ridiculous to see him combating pretentiously for host communities. Dickson lacks the ethical grounds to criticize or assault Sylva’s innocence.

He accused Senator Dickson of hypocrisy, including that he was being mischievous and intimidated by the rising political profile of Timi.

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