PIB: NASS Divided As South-South Lawmakers Kick Against Adoption of 3% Allocation To Host Communities
July 15, 2021
The Senate on Thursday adopted a three percent allocation to host communities in the Petroleum Industry Bill, despite protests by southern lawmakers at the National Assembly.
The southern lawmakers had demanded for five percent for host communities.
The number in dispute is the percentage of their total operating expenses (OPEX) oil companies are expected to contribute to a trust fund created for host communities.
Meanwhile members of the House of Representatives from the South-South have opposed the allocation.
The chants continued even as the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, walked in to commence plenary.