PIA Is A Plot to Subordinate Oil-producing States

PIA Is A Plot to Subordinate Oil-producing States

Bayelsa  Governor, Douye Diri has described the Petroleum Industry Acts (PIA) recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari as another way the Federal Government wants to subordinate the oil-producing states.

He urged the Federal Government to reconsider the provisions of the PIA for the good of the oil-producing states and the interest of peaceful coexistence.

The governor made the call on Saturday at a state banquet to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary and 25th anniversary of the creation of Bayelsa in Yenagoa, the state capital.

While appealing to aggrieved interests across the country to stop the bloodletting, Diri said dialogue should be used to resolve differences.

“The recent passage and signing into law of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) which I have tagged ‘as a recipe for anarchy’, is yet another step taken to subordinate the oil producing states and make it more like a subordinate and superordinate relationship.

“There is a missing gap when the relationship of our dear state, Bayelsa and indeed the Niger Delta states and the centre is affected. I keep saying it at all times, that every day, we as a people, every Sunday, we go to Church to worship, every Friday the Muslims go to Mosque to worship, but we still have sins in our society,” Diri said.

Diri also vowed not be tired of talking about justice and freedom for Bayelsa and indeed the Niger Delta region.

“And for us as a state, I like to let us know that our oil is diminishing, there is a forecast that very soon, nobody will trade on oil again. European countries have already started doing away with fossils. Therefore, while the oil still lasts, even though we have only 13%, and 87% is appropriated to the Federal Government, we will continue to talk about it, but as we keep talking about it, we have to look for other ways of diversifying our economy in the state.

“We are gathered here today to honour and renew the dreams of our founding fathers, of an egalitarian and prosperous Bayelsa State and Nigeria.

“All of us here, particularly the founding fathers, will attest to the fact that Bayelsa has moved on.

“May I appeal to those who are aggrieved to stop the bloodletting across the country.

“Recently, we have a very meaningful Nigerian in Anambra State, that is an ill wind that could not blow any state good. Let us seek dialogue to resolve our differences. We know it is very painful when people push and shove aside dialogue, but I remind those people that people who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.

“Let us not tread the route of violent change. This country is blessed in the North, South, East and West and I believe that our founding fathers had seen the greatness of this country and not the misery of Nigeria. It is time for us to give and take.”

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