Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
The Council for Oil and Gas Communities has called for proper definition and categorisation of communities in the petroleum sector.
The group made the call in its memorandum to the House of Representatives on the Petroleum Industry Bill.
The public hearing on the bill, organised by the House Ad Hoc Committee on PIB, held between Wednesday and Thursday.
President of the COGC, Greg Anyanwu, in his presentation to the committee, applauded the process of harmonising the oil and gas laws with the PIB. He, however, urged the committee to amend the bill to address some vexed issues affecting host and impacted communities.
The COGC, in its memo, called for “a clear definition of ‘host community’, ‘impacted community’ and ‘access community.’
“This is to stop the problems that arise where the oil and gas companies give wrong statuses to the communities or where the communities mistake their lawful statuses,” the group said.
The COGC also sought a new law to provide for a Palace Maintenance Fund to take care of the challenges and disturbances in communities, arising from oil and gas activities which the community rulers manage to maintain peace.
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