The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva has given a pat on the back for the successful passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill popularly referred to as PIB by both Chambers of the National Assembly.
A chieftain of the Ijaw Youth Council ( IYC )and a public affairs commentator Senior Comrade Wisdom Oniekpar Ikuli made the commendation in a statement made available to Niger Delta Herald .
According to him ” the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that generated so much problems and tension actually originated during the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo administration (1999-2007), but failed due to too much interests coupled with the inability of the agents and government Lobbyists to succeed.
“It also failed during the Presidents Umaru Musa Yara’dua/Goodluck Jonathan administrations (2007-2015) because of same reasons.
He further noted that “The PIB suffered the same fate during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari (2015-2019).
“But the Appointment of Chief Timipre Sylva as the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources changed the entire narrative. Sylva was able to lobby members of the Nigerian Senate and the Federal House of Representatives and other critical stakeholders especially the International Oil Companies (IOCs) that are the highest mafias in the Petroleum sector.
Ikuli who is also the National President
Niger Delta Nonviolence Agitators Forum (NDNAF) said ” it is gladdening to know that two years into the second term of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, Chief Timipre Sylva has been able to facilitate the successful passage of the hitherto protracted Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) into an Act (Law).
“The above is a positive Omen in so many ways but particularly and most significantly is the 3% that will go to the Oil Producing Communities for development purposes.
Ikuli also added that ” I therefore join the great people of the Niger Delta, the Oil Producing Communities and all Nigerians to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the immeasurable and invaluable love and support he is giving to Chief Timipre Sylva to operate freely and successfully as his Minister of State.”