- The motion seeking to declare Bauchi as an oil-producing state has been rejected by the Nigerian House of Representatives
- The rejection by majority of the members of the lower legislative chamber follows a motion moved by Yakubu Abdullahi
- Abdullahi, a lawmaker from Bauchi argued that oil exploration in the northern state which started in 2018 and is still ongoing
Premium Times reports that the motion was sponsored by Yakubu Abdullahi from Bauchi state who also asked the federal government to extend the 13 percent derivation to it.
According to the All Progressive Congress (APC) member, in 2018 oil exploration started in Bauchi and it is still ongoing up till today. However, no official report on whether the exercise is a success or not.”
Abdullahi argued that any community from whose location oil is discovered and or produced is entitled to several extra revenues, Vanguard added.
The motion was put to a vote by the speaker of the lower legislative chamber, Femi Gbajabiamila, but a greater number of lawmakers voted against it.
Petroleum Industry Bill is satanic, Edwin Clark
Earlier, the leader of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), Chief Edwin Clark condemned the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) passed by the National Assembly after about 13 years of legislative fireworks.
According to the leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), the bill has dashed the hope of the people of the Niger Delta.
The elder statesman made this known in an open letter he addressed to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Passage of PIB a birthday gift to Timipre Sylva
Meanwhile, the South-South Emerging Leaders' Forum (SELF) has said that it was not by accident that the long-awaited PIB was passed into law a few days before the birthday anniversary of the minister of state for petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva.
Sylva, a former governor of oil-rich Bayelsa state, turned 57 on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
The forum said Sylva's name has come to occupy a chapter in the contemporary history of Nigeria based on the empirical indices of his nationalistic, patriotic, and detribalised values and contributions to national cohesion and development in general.