Tuesday 1 January 2013

Oyegun cautions Northern govs over opposition to PIB

BENIN—Former governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie–Oyegun, has cautioned governors and National Assembly members of Northern extraction, over their vow to kill the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, pending before the National Assembly for consideration, saying that there were already enough security challenges facing the country, especially from the North.
Oyegun, in his reaction to the decision by Northern Governors Forum, Senators and House of Representatives members from the North, to kill the PIB on the ground that its provisions were anti-North, warned them to avoid doing anything that would plunge any part of the South into crisis as the country might not survive another crisis.
He said: “In any case, this nation has enough challenges facing it and they should not create a situation where what they are doing may become the last straw on the back of the already overburdened camel.
“It is clear that there is need for special attention to be given to the oil producing communities and for them to be given an interest in the survival of the oil industry. Proposals in those lines are long overdue and they should not interpret them as anti-North.
“What the PIB is trying to do is to preserve the industry for them and the whole country, including the various governors from the North.”

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