April 15, 2012
Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources,
Attention: Mrs. Diezani Allison Madueke
Recalling that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources set up a committee on January 17, 2012 to accelerate the passage of the PIB, and make such inputs to the Bill that address the challenges of both the downstream and the upstream sectors of the petroleum industry, we are deeply concerned that months after the setting up of the committee, there is very scanty information regarding the progress made, and current status of the work undertaken by the Committee towards actualizing the passage of the Bill.
Since its introduction over 4 years ago, the PIB continues to face persistent setbacks to its passage despite the Bill’s enormous prospects for improving the technical, operational and regulatory efficiency in oil industry operations, and through enhanced efficiency expected to reduce oil waste, corruption and environmental degradation. In addition, the new regulatory ethics offers systems and mechanisms that balance a wide variety of technological, economic, political and social interests with the goal of maintaining a forward-looking and broad-based environmental polity.
We recognize the passage of the PIB as a catalyst for the entrenchment of probity, transparency and accountability in the Nigerian oil industry. Due to the gravity, range and magnitude of the human rights abuses and risks associated with the oil industry operations, we respectfully request the Committee’s processes and activities to be made more inclusive, participatory and all-encompassing in order to ensure that the voices, concerns, priorities and perspectives of the oil bearing communities, the youth and critical stakeholders are reflected in the final document.
We would appreciate a prompt response. For comments or questions, please contact SPACES FOR CHANGE via [email protected] and [email protected].
Ma, as we look forward to your response, please accept our assurances of high regard for your office and person.
For: SPACES FOR CHANGE
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