Communities, Environment and the PIB

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SPACES FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE
           SPACES FOR CHANGE
Consultative roundtable discussion on
ENHANCING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY BILL

        

AGENDA
9.00 .a.m. – 10.00.a.m.                                 Registrations
10.00 .a.m. – 10.15.00a.m.                           Introductions
10.15. a.m. – 10.30.a.m.                                Opening Remarks by Victoria Ohaeri, Executive Director, Spaces for Change  
                                                      
10.30.a.m. – 11.00 a.m.                                 Tea Break
11.00a.m. – 11. 30 a.m.                                  Lead paper presentation by Dr. Bala Zakka, Energy Expert
11.30 a.m. – 12 noon                                      Concerns by host communities – Celestine Akpobari, Program Coordinator, Community Development and Social Action, Port Harcourt, Rivers State,
12 noon – 12. 30. p.m.                                   Concerns by International & Indigenous Oil Companies   – Liborous Soshoma, Legal (Oil & Gas) Expert      
12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.                                   Feedback, Plenary
1.30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.                                     LUNCH
2.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.                                    CSO Campaign Strategy Development (CSO Action
Plan) – Pamela Braide, Independent Strategy Development Expert; Betty Abah, Environmental Rights Action, Friends of the Earth International
3.30- 3.30. p.m.                                               Media Advocacy Strategy Development/Action Plan    
Madunagu Emeka, Charles Uduji, Energy Editors, Punch Newspapers and National Mirror Newspapers
 3. 30 – 3. 45. p.m.                                          Matters Arising
3.45p.m. – 4.00 p.m.                                     Closing

About the lead presenter:

Dr. Bala Zakka earned a Bachelors degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Port-Harcourt and Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering, with specialization in gas engineering from the same University. He is also a Chartered Accountant and currently an MPhil/Phd student in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Ibadan. He is also a public affairs analyst, with keen interest in issues such as the Environment, Economy, Security, Local and International Politics. He is a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and a limited member of Council of Petroleum Accountant Societies (COPAS), in the United States.
This program is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

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