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Falana berates Buhari for declining assent to PIGB

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for declining assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB).

He urged labour unions in the oil and gas industry to lead the struggle for its passage.

This comes as a former Secretary General of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Frank Kokori has blamed dearth of ideology and the promotion of individual interests for the inability to protect the interests of their members.

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The two personalities spoke yesterday in Abuja at the 40th anniversary of NUPENG.

The erudite lawyer accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) of tacitly supporting the rejection of the bill, so as not to pay a possible upward review of royalties that the new PIBG will engender.

He said: “The International Oil Companies opposed that law, because it is going to force them to pay more royalties and ensure participation of the host communities in the running of the oil and gas industry. You must take that bill and look at it again, particularly the areas meant to protect Nigeria workers.”


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