HURIWA describes the Petroleum Industrial Bill as a total fraud


Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the Petroleum Industrial Bill, as a total fraud.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, demanded to know how oil-producing states would get only 3% of their mineral deposits while states like Zamfara enjoy almost 90% of the gold they produce.

Describing the law as an injustice, HURIWA called on oil-producing areas to stand up and speak in one voice to stop the bill from being signed into law.

The organisation also pointed out that most oil wells in the Niger Delta are controlled and dominated by people from parts of the country where there is nothing like oil.

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, had early on Tuesday, constituted a 6-man conference Committee to deal with differences in the passage of the PIB.

This is following the difference in the bill between the Senate and House of Representatives.

Some members of the Senate had insisted on 3% remittance to the host communities against the recommended 5% as contained in the report which was upheld by the Chamber last Thursday.