Four standing Senate Committees on Petroleum Resources comprising (Upstream and Downstream), Gas and Judiciary and Human Rightshave scheduled public hearing on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) on Thursday and Friday July, 18 & 19, 2013 respectively. Private energy experts and civil society groups in Nigeria working on environmental, community participation, conflict and security issues related to natural resources came together on July 16, 2013 in Lagos to jointly identify key provisions of the oil reform bill requiring further legislative scrutiny and amendment. After reviewing several analytical papers and oil sector reform projects undertaken by independent experts and organizations, participants proffered a set of recommendations contained in a jointly prepared memorandum of understanding that will be submitted to the Senate Committee at the public hearing.
Participating organizations include: Spaces for Change, Environmental Rights Action, Civil Liberties Organization, Enough is Enough (EIE), West African NGO Network (WANGONET), Human and Environmental Development Alternative (HEDA Resource Center), NewsWatch and Template Energy Design Ltd. To download the CSO joint memorandum on the PIB, click HERE
Here are the photos from the convening:
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