The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Mungonu and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Niger Delta, Hon. Henry Nwawuba, are among members of the national assembly and other dignitaries that will parley with host communities of the Niger delta on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
The event is a hostcom colloquium conceived and organized by OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative to achieve the objective of harnessing stakeholder positions on the host community provisions of the PIB.
A statement by Oke Epia, Executive Director of OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative, said the colloquium is being convened for stakeholders in the Niger Delta to examine and make submissions on the bill that would be forwarded to the legislature
The colloquium is billed to hold on Tuesday at Owerri, Imo State. Speakers billed to drill down on the bill and the issues are Engr. Joe Nwakwue and Prof. Wunmi Iledare, both renowned petroleum industry experts of global repute; as well as Dr. Otive Igbuzor, acclaimed development expert and Founding Executive Director, Centre LSD.
Omo-Agege represents Delta Central senatorial district which has a number of oil producing communities while Hon. Mungonu chairs the House Technical Committee on the PIB.
The OrderPaper Colloquium Series are designed to reinforce the current legislative processing of the bill. The first HostCom Colloquium was held in Abuja on July 12, 2018 and was chaired by Hon. Alhassan Doguwa, then Chief Whip of the House of Representatives and Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on PIB.
OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative is a non-governmental organization that embarks on policy-related engagements and interventions, especially in the legislative space to expand the frontiers of good governance and deepen democratic practice. Its core aspiration is to expand the space for good governance and amplify the voices and participation of hitherto under-served and under-represented interests in the political process in a manner that makes for inclusiveness.