(By Chris K. Amadi) – The furious reaction of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, to the signing of the Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday has been described as a misdirected aggression, that should have been targeted at those representing the region in the National Assembly.
These were the views of public affairs analysts who spoke with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt. They contended that the president was only performing his duty in line with the constitution, after the issues were resolved rightly or wrongly at the National Assembly.
They further argued that, the efforts of the representatives of the region in the National Assembly left so much to be desired, and that if there was any one to be annoyed with, it should be with the representatives who failed to rise to the occasion to mobilize, and ensure that the interest of their constituents were protected.
It would be recalled that the Petroleum Industry Bill 2021 provided for 3 per cent allocation for the development of the Niger Delta oil bearing communities, and 30 per cent of the NNPC profit allocated for the exploration of oil in the frontiers.
With the presidential assent, according to presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the PIB now has legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework.