PIA: FG commences town hall engagement, okays museum project in Oloibiri
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has assured host communities producing oil and gas that the Federal Government has perfected plans to engage the people, especially in the Niger Delta on the details contained in the Petroleum Industry Act, (PIA).
The Minister gave the assurance while playing host to a delegation from Ogbia in Bayelsa State.
This was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the Ogbia delegation, Eric Aworabhi.
According to the statement, Chief Timipre Sylva said the 3% for host communities in the PIA will in great measure better the living standards of the Niger Deltans as it will redefine the oil and gas industry to compete favourably at the global market.
He said the minister was particularly pleased with the manner in which the host communities have maintained peace in the region and optimism
On the construction of the Oloibiri oil museum, which was conceived since 1983, Chief Sylva said the project has gotten to a point of no return as the Federal Government has graciously approved the project.
He added that all partners; the Bayelsa state government, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, have made strong commitments to engage Julius Berger Construction company to start work soon.
Earlier, Spokesperson of the Ogbia delegation, former Nigerian Ambassador to Italy, Eric Aworabhi commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the reforms in the petroleum sector and the major developmental projects sited in Bayelsa State, especially in Ogbia and the Brass Island.