The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege has accused the Minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of misleading Nigerians on the lately passed Crude oil Industry Human activity (PIA).
Speaking through the say of urgent national involvement, Omo-Agege explained that the Senate Minority leader granted an interview on Channels Television where he accused the Senate of adopting the APC place of 3% against the before agreed evolution fees of 5% for host communities.
Omo-Agege said, after the interview, his constituents have made several calls where they felt shortchanged.
He explained: ‘The Senate Minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe granted an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday. Mr President, in that interview, the Senate Minority leader spoke extensively on events that transpired during the consideration and passage of the bill, PIB, at present PIA, most specifically, is the comment he made to the effect that prior to the consideration of the bill, that there was an understanding by the Senate that the host communities be given 5%.
“But however that understanding, the APC as a political party took a political party place to trim the 5% of the host communities to 3%. I am the Deputy Senate President, but I also stand for Delta Northward Senatorial district in the Niger Delta part.
“There are many communities in my district that are host communities based on the provisions in the PIA. There was never a time that I am aware that the caucus of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a political political party, hither in the Senate and exterior the political party met and took a choice that the oil host communities in the Niger Delta be shortchanged by reducing the host communities evolution fees.from 5% to 3%.
“I have received several calls from my constituents since lastly dark after the interview till at present. A choice has been taken by the Senate and that bill has been passed into law with a caveat that those of us who are dissatisfied that opportunities will be given to us as we displace on that we can come up forward with an amendment.
“In line with that, Buhari lately came upwards with an amendment and time goes on, other amendments will also come up upwards to cure some of these issues that we face.”
The DSP expressed disappointment that the Minority leader didn’t tell the truth, a state of affairs that set him at risk with his constituents who are beneficiaries.
He added: “I felt so offended and I think some of the APC in the Senate also felt so offended including some opposition Senators because in that choice, some PDP Senators were also division of it. Some Senators from the Niger Delta part also voted for us to have what we arrived at a bulk choice and that is what I’m democracy is all in relation to. It was the bulk that arrived at 3%; it wasn’t partisan, it wasn’t in relation to PDP or APC place.”
Reacting, Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan advised Senators to ever be on the.side of truth because of the image of lawmakers.
He reminded Senators who might have grievances over decisional of the red Chambers that there were ever some other daytime for them to nowadays whatever they were looking for.
“DSP, and distinguish colleagues,the Minority leader is not hither nowadays.
“Permit me create my comment on this. First of all of all, this Senate as far as I can think didn’t vote along political party lines, not fifty-fifty the 52 bulk. The APC as a bulk and fifty-fifty 2 of the PDP Senators voted along the line that appeared that carried the daytime.
“So as politicians, ours is to lobby; is to engage our colleagues and whether there’s whatever issue that we sense strongly; an issue that will create life superior to those that we stand for, there is ever some other daytime.
“Whether you are not able to acquire what you want, there’s ever some other daytime. That we passed a bill doesn’t signify that some other daytime, one cannot have his way. But when the Senate arrives at a choice, we should be at thee forefront of informing the public correctly because we in a place to a greater extent than anyone else to give a right place to the members of the public.”
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