South-South lawmakers protest reduction in host community fund in PIB

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By Henry Okonkwo

Members of the House of Representatives from the Niger Delta region registered their displeasure over the reduction of host community funds from five per cent to three per cent in the harmonised version of the Petroleum Industry Bill.

The session became rowdy on Thursday morning even before Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, made his way into the chamber for the commencement of plenary.

The South-South members armed with copies of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, waited for the procession of the Speaker into the chamber to begin the business of the day.

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The lawmakers from the Niger Delta region including Chinyere Igwe and Boma Goodhead from Rivers State and Bede Eke from Imo State thereafter started shouting “five per cent”, gesticulating with their hands to draw attention.

In a bid to calm the tension, Gbajabiamila called for an executive session of the House.

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