By Golok Nanmwa, Jos
Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial district in the National assembly Prof Nora Ladi Daduut, on Thursday hosted members of the oil and gas host communities in her office in Abuja.
The group had visited the Senator calling for the protection of women and to consider gender and social equity in the implementation of the petroleum industrial act 2021.
The group appealed that 30 percent of monies that would be received from gas flaring penalties for the purposes of environmental remediation and relief to host communities, as enshrined in the Petroleum Industrial act should consider interest of women.
Senator Daduut who is the Vice chairman Senate committee on host communities promised to look into the issues raised by members of the group.
She promised to forward their appeal to the senate committee on host communities.
The PIB is expected to transform Nigeria’s oil industry.
The three percent is different from the 13 percent derivation fund which is paid to oil-producing communities from the federation account.
Instead, the three percent allocation will come from an entity’s actual yearly operating expenditure of the preceding financial year in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
All contributions will be deposited in a trust fund for host communities.
According to a draft of the PIB, the trust fund will enhance peace and cordial relationship between oil companies and host communities.